Have you noticed a new hue to the PacSci arches? During the month of April, PacSci and many other buildings and monuments across Seattle, such as the REI Pinnacle, the Great Wheel, and Waiting for the Interurban, have gone orange for Obliteride.
Cancer touches everyone in one way or another, and Obliteride is a unified community effort to defeat cancer. And, Obliteride is all about the orange.
Obliteride includes a bike ride that runs August 9-11 but it’s more than just a bike ride – it’s a new, community-wide effort to accelerate lifesaving, breakthrough research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Obliteride is about defeating cancer via a unified community effort, and the bike ride is just the grand finale, with 100% of every dollar raised going directly to cancer research.
You can join Obliteride by lighting up you house, trees, or windows – or wear orange on Fridays. And, if you’re interested in joining the bike ride, there are 4 different options: 25 mile, 50 mile, 100 mile, and 180 mile routes. You can see the maps for the routes online, and register online at Obliteride.
Looking for a fun, old-fashioned-with-a-twist fundraiser to help women with breast cancer? Local Queen Anne women’s lingerie boutique Beauty N Kurves has the event for you. Bodacious Vaudeville will take you back in time with old-school vaudeville entertainment, burlesque performances, and live music this Saturday, April 20th.
Bodacious Vaudeville is a festive evening of entertainment and fun for those 21+, all for a good cause. The event benefits Cierra Sisters, an organization that supports African-America women with breast cancer and welcomes all cancer survivors, supporters, caregivers, family and friends.
The evening’s celebration will take you back in time with shows by a burlesque performer, an aerialist, and an old-style vaudeville photo booth. Plus, the evening’s roster includes a fashion show and pop-up trunk show featuring Beauty N Kurves Lingerie, ScottiMarie Designs and Bow & Curtsey Jewelry, live performances by a cappella group 545 Express, 127th St. Dance Company, Lily Armani, music from DJ Victor Malice, and more.
Bodacious Vaudeville will take place at Vertical World Seattle (2330 Commodore Way) this Saturday, April 20th, from 8pm to 11:30pm. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to wear vaudevillian attire – per the organizers, the most important thing is for guests to wear whatever makes them feel most beautiful.
If you’re looking for an old-fashioned risqué celebration that benefits a breast cancer charity, buy your tickets online and get ready to step back into the past with a fun evening celebrating women of all shapes and sizes.
More than 900 girls in the Puget Sound region participate in Girls on the Run, a development program for 3rd through 8th grade girls. The non-profit organization’s mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident via a fun curriculum that includes running as a way to build confidence and fitness.
The program teaches life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. At the end of the program, the girls are physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. And beyond the 5K, the program builds confidence and establishes a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Girls on the Run of Puget Sound operates programs at nearly 30 schools in King County, including our own John Hay Elementary.
On April 4th, the organization is hosting its annual auction fundraiser, The No Sweat Event at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club in Ballard at 6pm. Tickets can be purchased online.
Volunteers are needed for the upcoming auction, so if you’d like to help raise money for Girls on the Run, sign up at the auction website.
And, if you’d like to volunteer to be a coach, running buddy, volunteer, or intern with Girls on the Run of Puget Sound, you can connect with the organization online or at 206.528.2118. The organization relies on volunteers to donate their time to be coaches and running buddies for girls, and to help keep the organization running smoothly via volunteers that lend their professional skills, leadership, and passion for running.
Dining Out For Life, an evening of food and fun helping out Lifelong AIDS Alliance, is returning for its 20th year – and you can help out in more ways than one. The obvious way? Dine out at a participating restaurant and a portion of your bill will be donated to Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the fight against illness and hunger. Over 150 Seattle-area restaurants are participating, including Queen Anne’s LloydMartin, McMenamins, and Ponti.
So, what’s the other way to help out? Volunteer to become a Restaurant Ambassador for the evening. Restaurant Ambassadors promote their assigned restaurant to friends, family, and co-workers in advance, to get as many people as possible to dine there the night of April 25th. Ambassadors are also on-site that evening to welcome patrons, answer questions about the event and Lifelong, and collect donations.
Dining Out for Life needs hundreds of volunteers, so they’ve put out the call for enthusiastic, outgoing individuals who have a passion for helping the community. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 with nearly a third of the funds a direct result of restaurant ambassadors.
If you’d like to volunteer to be a Restaurant Ambassador, register online or contact Sage Marts via email for more information.
And, if you’re a restaurant owner and would like to participate, contact Eleazar Juarez-Diaz via email or sign up online.
Then, mark your calendars for April 25th and dine out!
The John Hay Elementary Auction kicks off this Tuesday when online bidding opens to the public. You can browse and bid on over 250 auction items from the comfort of your home. The team behind the auction is uploading items as we speak, and you can get a preview of what’ll be available on the online auction site.
Items include gift cards to local restaurants, camps and classes, sports and entertainment tickets, video games, toys, services, and more. Browsing the auction site, you’ll notice some familiar Queen Anne restaurants and shops – this auction is not only driven by the local bidders, but also by the donations from our local businesses. (Thank you, Queen Anne businesses!)
The online bidding begins on Tuesday, March 26th at 8am and runs through Thursday, April 4th, with bidding closing at 10 pm that day. Be sure to log on to the site to check out the items, place your bids and help out John Hay!
In two weeks, the Oscars will be broadcast live, and if you’re a movie fan you’ll likely be frustrated with the Academy voters for at least one of the nominees. In the past, the Oscar for best picture didn’t go to Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” (a travesty) and William H. Macy lost Best Actor for “Fargo” to Cuba Gooding Jr. (star of “Snow Dogs”) – but, SIFF recognizes the greatness of these movies and more, and you can spend next Sunday commiserating and celebrating with other film buffs at SIFF’s Oscar Snubs Movie Marathon at SIFF Uptown.
SIFF’s 12-hour marathon showcases six films that the Academy passed over, plus food, drink, and fun! On tap are meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) from Portage Bay Café and Eltana Wood-Fired Bagels, a mid-marathon happy hour, bottomless popcorn, and brews from Ninkasi Brewing. The event is a special fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting SIFF, so they can continue to bring us great films and special events throughout the year.
The film roster is as follows:
A Star is Born, 1954 – Judy Garland’s fierce performance in George Cukor’s remake was overlooked for the Best Actress award in favor of another legendary actress, Grace Kelly, who won for her role in The Country Girl.
Fargo, 1996 – the Best Supporting Actor award was truly botched, overlooking William H. Macy’s tragic performance as misguided Jerry Lundegaard, in favor of Cuba Gooding Jr.’s catch-phrase spouting role in Jerry Maguire.
The Thin Man, 1934 – Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Writer, this inebriated mystery-comedy classic went home empty handed.
Do the Right Thing, 1989 – One of the most controversial films of 1989, and one that made director Spike Lee a force to be reckoned with, Do The Right Thing may have been a bit too in-your-face for Academy voters, who instead chose to showcase the film’s polar opposite: Driving Miss Daisy.
Blazing Saddles, 1974 – Many hoped Madeline Khan would break the Academy’s comedy curse after she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress but she lost to Ingrid Bergman, more for legacy than performance, in Murder on the Orient Express.
Secret Snub! – SIFF isn’t divulging this title yet, but they’ve provided a hint: it features one of history’s best-selling soundtrack albums, yet Academy voters didn’t find it worthy of a single Best Song nomination, much less a win.
“Not everyone can always be a winner and with our Oscar Snubs marathon event we salute those films that belong alongside those that actually received a golden statue. Extraordinary, unforgettable and masterful film works that stand the test of time.” – SIFF Artistic Director, Carl Spence
“Oscar winners have been and will always be celebrated, but what about those deserving films, actors and crew members not lucky enough to take home the gold? This year, SIFF’s annual movie marathon examines the history of the Academy Awards, and celebrate some of the famously snubbed films and performances. After all, upsets are often just as – if not more – exciting to discuss than the winners!” - SIFF programmer, Clinton McClung
Heads up, film buffs – make your plans to spend next Sunday at SIFF, with great movies, food, drink, and fun!
If you like wine, charitable benefits, and the chance to win a prize, the Rotary Club of Queen Anne has all three rolled into one – it’s hosting a wine tasting fundraiser at Wine World in Wallingford on Monday, February 11th. Tickets are $25 with proceeds benefitting the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, and you’ll also have the opportunity to win a Nikon Coolpix digital camera via raffle.
Join Queen Anne Rotary on Monday from 6pm-9pm at Wine World (400 NE 45th St), enjoy wine and light snacks, and enter to win the Nikon Coolpix L310 digital camera. Just $5 buys an entry to win the camera ($250 value), or for $10 you can triple your chances to win – all for a good cause!
Tomorrow the Rat City Rollergirls are competing at home, hosting two bouts with a special halftime event – Nancy Pearl, librarian-extraordinaire will be reading a children’s book at halftime. The Rat City Rollergirls have partnered with First Book Seattle, a charity that provides free and low-cost books to children in need.
Each Rat City Rollergirls team has chosen a favorite children’s book, and fans can vote for their favorite via a donation that goes to First Book. The team whose book gets the most fan donations will be read at halftime by Nancy Pearl.
Rat City Rollergirls with some of their favorite books
Here are the nominees:
Grave Danger: “The Monster at the End of this Book”
Throttle Rockets: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”
Sockit Wenches: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day”
Derby Liberation Front: “Where the Wild Things Are”
Doors open for tomorrow’s game at the Key at 4:30pm. Cast your vote before the game via donating spare change for your favorite team’s book. You can also buy books signed by roller derby teams from Elliot Bay Book Company on the KeyArena concourse. All proceeds from Rat City’s book-off will go to First Book Seattle, and a portion of sales from Elliot Bay will benefit First Book Seattle too.
So, don’t empty the spare change from your pockets before attending tomorrow’s game – save it to vote for your favorite book and benefit First Book Seattle, putting books into kid’s hands and promoting literacy.
Remember the coat drives back during the holiday season? Well, winter lasts longer than the month of December, and there are still people in need of warm coats and sweaters. To help out local foster children in need, Queen Anne Elementary is running its 2nd Annual Coat and Sweater Drive this week – Monday, February 4th – Friday, February 8th.
This year the coat drive benefits Treehouse for Kids, a charity that “fills the gaps” for kids in foster care. Queen Anne Elementary will be accepting donations at both main entrances. Donations will help stock the Treehouse “Wearhouse”, a free store where foster kids can shop for clothes, shoes, school supplies, books, toys and other essentials that help them feel good and fit in.
Here’s how you can help:
Buy one or more gifts for a foster child
Donate “almost” new clothes (coats and sweaters), toys or books
Drop off donations in the boxes at either QAE main entrance
You can also give online or mail a check donation– just put “Queen Anne Elementary” on the “Drive Host” line at check-out.
Do you love our local music scene? Like supporting the bands and the people who help them? Or, would you like a way to help out Northwest Folklife? Well, check out Bands on the Big Screen this Thursday, January 31st, at SIFF Uptown – a special presentation that highlights five local filmmakers who work with local Seattle bands.
The special one-night engagement is a benefit screening for Northwest Folklife, and will feature an audience Q&A with the directors. The film showcases Jon Jon Augustavo, Brad Curran, Hayley Young, Stephan Gray and Tyler Kalberg, and includes music videos by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pickwick, Hey Marseilles, Dark Time Sunshine, Kaylee Cole and more.
What: Bands on the Big Screen, benefit for Northwest Folklife
Queen Anne Elementary is hosting its “Reach for the Stars!” Auction on March 8th at the Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6pm-11pm. 100% of the auction proceeds go directly to QAE’s Explorer Fund, supporting a range of student services including counseling, art classes, classroom assistants, and more. The auction is key to funding and maintaining student services, so by supporting the Auction, you support the school and its students.
To help support the Auction now, you can donate items via the online form or send in the form via email. QAE needs 150 auction items by this Friday, February 1st – all they need are the forms for donated items, the actual physical items are due March 1st. Suggested items include business services, stays at vacation properties, wine collections, tickets to shows or performances, and gift certificates to local businesses.
Auction volunteers are also needed – no experience required, and the time commitment varies by activity. Volunteers are needed to help with donations, class art projects, class auction baskets, social media posting, and day-of-event help. Check out the volunteer web site or email the coordinators for more information.
If you’d like to attend the QAE Auction, you can purchase individual tickets, a table for 10, or sponsor a ticket for a teacher. Early birds save $10 by purchasing by this Friday, February 1st.
Queen Anne Camp Fire Candy Sale in 2012 Katie & Mackenzie
Today, Friday, January 25 marks the beginning of Camp Fire kids’ 2013 Candy Sale. In January and February, non-profit Camp Fire groups raise money selling locally made Brown & Haley candy outside of grocery stores and coffee shops all around Puget Sound – last year the local Queen Anne Camp Fire kids were outside Trader Joe’s, and they’ll be there again this weekend, noon to 4pm (possibly 6pm if sales remain brisk!) both Saturday and Sunday.
The profits help fund summer camp, year-round activities and field trips, and Camp Fire’s general operating costs. Camp Fire kids attended Candy Rallies last week to learn more about their candy wares and pick up successful sale strategies. This year, the kids will be selling five different types of candy, including their Mint Patties and sugar-free Camper Mix, available for $5 each.
For more information or to purchase Camp Fire Candy, visit them live outside Trader Joe’s or online via their website.