It’s that time of year – kids are back in school, but old computers just aren’t making the grade. To help get new computers into Coe Elementary, The 5 Spot is helping raise funds via its annual fundraiser.
What do you need to do to help? Just dine at The 5 Spot this Wednesday, November 13th, and 25% of food sales go to help Coe purchase new computers for the kids. The fundraiser runs from 8:30am to 10pm, so you can help with breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) is headed to the Puget Sound region to play in Tacoma at the end of this month. To help out the team with travel and lodging costs, local Queen Anne watering hole Sully’s is hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, August 27th.
The WWAST team has a roster of veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving in the military. The team has players from all over the country, hence the need for travel and lodging assistance.
The Labor Day weekend game will be the team’s first visit to the Northwest, and Sully’s wants to make them feel welcome. Stop by Sully’s on Tuesday, August 27, to have a drink and pub fare, with 10% of all sales going to support the team.
Remember the record snowball fight held earlier this year? Well, the record-setting crew is back with Party Camp, a new event that benefits a local charity. This time around, the record set to be smashed? A water balloon fight, and that record is set to go down this Saturday, August 17, at the Seattle Center’s International Fountain & Fisher Plaza.
Tickets to the event will run you $25, but proceeds help benefit Camp Korey at Carnation Farm, a “serious fun camp” that hosts kids with serious and life-altering medical conditions and their families at no cost. The camp offers “year-round recreation with full support for the medical needs of campers, plus all the fun of just being a kid.”
All participants must be 14 years or older and show photo identification for entry (note: participants under 18 must bring a signed waiver).
And, if you’re not into water balloon fights or can’t make the date, you can still help by becoming a water balloon filler volunteer. The group needs volunteers to help fill over 300,000 water balloons, and the filling has already begun! Volunteers get the thrill of helping out, plus a t-shirt and chance to win a new iPad and other prizes.
If you make it to Party Camp, in addition to water balloon fight fun, you can also enjoy a beer garden and food trucks that’ll be on hand to keep you fueled. The day’s events begin at noon and conclude at 7pm, with the official world-record breaking fight taking place at 4pm.
The local Junior Girl Scout Troop at Coe Elementary is hosting a Bake Sale/Mini Fair tomorrow, Tuesday, June 11th after school at the Coe playground – and this is no ordinary bake sale. One of their kindergarten schoolmates, Paola, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, and the sale will benefit her and her family. Whatever is raised via the sale, or donated to the cause, will go directly to Paola’s family.
In addition to selling baked goods, the Mini Fair will feature games for kids and tables with items for sale from the Girl Scouts’ own homes as well as craft projects such as bottle cap magnets. They’re doing whatever they can to help raise money for Paola and her family, as this particular cause is close to them.
There will also be a collection jar at the Bake Sale/Mini Fair, so if you’d like to help out, stop by Coe Elementary tomorrow at 3pm.
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!