Taste of Queen Anne benefit for the Queen Anne Helpline is Saturday

The annual Taste of Queen Anne fundraiser is this Saturday, October 10th, and it’s bigger and better than ever. In addition to entertainment by the Tim Kennedy Trio, a hosted bar, and a raffle to benefit the Queen Anne Helpline, you can also taste the wares from a laundry list of the top restaurants on Queen Anne.

Taste of Queen Anne VerticalParticipating restaurants include:

  • 5 Spot
  • Agave
  • Bounty Kitchen
  • Chocolopolis
  • Cupcake Royale
  • Eden Hill
  • Hilltop Ale House
  • Le Reve
  • LloydMartin
  • Pagliacci Pizza
  • Ponti Seafood Grill
  • Queen Bee Café
  • Taylor Shellfish
  • Ten Mercer
  • TS McHugh’s
  • Toulouse Petit
  • Via Tribunali

There’s also a Golden Raffle prize package, and with an expanded space at St Anne’s Church, the event can accommodate even more Queen Anne Helpline Supporters. Register today for your tickets to the shindig and get ready to sample tasty bites from around Queen Anne, all in one place – and help the Helpline too.

Gilman Gardens is hosting a beer garden and bake sale fundraiser this Saturday

Gilman Gardens satelliteWe’ve posted on Gilman Gardens in the past, and pretty recently too when they had plots available (and, heads up gardeners, there is still one available). Now, they’re planning a bake sale and beer garden to help raise funds for the community-run gardens at 2272 Gilman Drive West.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm at the Gilman Gardens this Saturday, July 11th, and everyone is welcome. Funds raised will help the gardeners at Gilman Gardens buy a water cistern – why is this important? Unlike official City of Seattle P-Patches, Gilman Gardens is all volunteer-operated, and there is no water plumbed to the site. Gardeners have to “bring their own” water, and the water cistern and soaker hose system will help them water them keep the community berry patch alive and available to everyone.

Gilman Gardens Sale

While the beer garden is 21+ only, the day’s events are also kid-friendly, with garden tours to teach both young and old about organic urban farming. Plus, the garden in on the route for Saturday’s Seattle Tilth Chicken Coup Tour, so there’ll be chickens too.

Gilman Plot signOnce an abandoned lot, Gilman Gardens was born in 2005 when neighborhood resident Charlie Hoselton asked the City of Seattle for permission to turn an abandoned SDOT lot into a community garden. Now, it’s a great place for gardening, hanging out, picnicking, and snacking on fresh, organic berries.

Any funds above and beyond what it takes for the water system will go toward a new picnic table. Stop by Gilman Gardens this Saturday, enjoy a beer, tour the garden, buy some baked goods and help support our neighborhood gardeners. Oh, and bring cash as it’s cash-only to partake.

Dine Out for Life this Thursday

Dining Out For Life 2015This Thursday, April 30th, Dining Out for Life returns for its 22nd year. The event is sponsored by BECU and includes almost 150 Seattle restaurants that donate 30-50% of the night’s proceeds to Lifelong.

Lifelong, the leading community health organization serving people with chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, in Washington State, uses the donations to help fight hunger and illness in our community.

McMenaminsThree Queen Anne restaurants are participating this year – LloydMartin, Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge, and McMenamin’s. McMenamin’s is a “Golden Fork” restaurant, which means it’s donating 50% of its proceeds to Lifelong.

Diners who participate have the chance to win two domestic round-trip tickets, courtesy of Delta Airlines. And, of course, all diners will help out a great cause for Lifelong.

The 5 Spot is celebrating 25 years on Queen Anne and giving back to the community again

5 Spot John HayThe 5 Spot is truly a Queen Anne neighborhood institution, serving food to locals and visitors alike, and supporting the neighborhood with fundraisers and events. It’s now been at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and Galer St for 25 years. That milestone alone is a good reason to stop by the 5 Spot this month – but there’s more.

This Monday, March 16th, if you dine at the 5 Spot, you can help out one of our local elementary schools at the same time. The 5 Spot is hosting “Dining Out for John Hay” to help showcase the school’s upcoming online auction and raise money for the school’s Arts program.

For all food sales between 8:30am and 10pm, the 5 Spot is donating 25% of the proceeds to John Hay. It’s an easy way to support both a local business and Queen Anne students at the same time.

Thanks to the 5 Spot for its continuing neighborhood support, and happy 25th anniversary!

Dining Out For Life returns this Thursday at five Queen Anne restaurants

Dining Out 2014This Thursday, April 24, five Queen Anne restaurants will participate in the 21st Dining Out For Life. Over 150 Seattle restaurants are taking part in the event where more than 30% of the day’s proceeds are donated to Lifelong.

Lifelong is a Seattle-based community health organization that helps those with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses by delivering food, housing, and health services. It’s easy to help, just plan on eating out on Thursday night at one of the participating restaurants.

Five Queen Anne restaurants are participating: Betty, Crow, LloydMartin, McMenamins Queen Anne, and Ponti Seafood Grill. Of special note, McMenamins Queen Anne is a “Golden Fork” restaurant, it will donate 50% of its proceeds to the cause.

The fundraiser runs all day, and restaurant patrons will have a chance to win a cruise for two or a Dining Out For Life prize package. Thanks to diners and to the participating Queen Anne restaurants!

McClure is celebrating 50 years with a mixer and anniversary celebration

McClure Middle School is turning 50 years old this year, and to celebrate, the school is throwing a party. You can join the mixer and celebration on April 5th at the Queen Anne Community Center.

McClure 50The party runs from 6pm to 10pm, and will include appetizers, retro desserts, a dance floor, and an auction. You can buy tickets online, and if you purchase by March 15th, you’ll also be entered into a drawing for a “fabulous” prize.

All festivities will have a 60s flair, so dressing to the decade is welcome!

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