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

July 6th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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.

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Dine Out for Life this Thursday

April 26th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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.

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

March 14th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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!

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

April 21st, 2014 by Laura Fonda

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!

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McClure is celebrating 50 years with a mixer and anniversary celebration

March 7th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

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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LloydMartin dinner to benefit Christopher Pratt

March 7th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

LloydMartin signOne of LloydMartin’s first cooks, Christopher Pratt, was hit by a car while riding his moped last week, and LloydMartin is hosting a benefit dinner to help with his recovery.

On Tuesday, March 11th, LloydMartin’s benefit dinner service begins at 5pm. Diners can get a Caesar salad and entrée (either Bolognese with house-made pasta or Mushroom Ragu) for $30, and $10 beer and select wine by the glass. 100% of the proceeds, tips, and any extra donations will go straight to Christopher.

To attend the event, make your reservation online or call LloydMartin at 206-420-7602. If you cannot attend, but would like to help out, you can make a donation online.

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Local Sweet Pea Cottage hosting its 11th Annual Auction this Saturday

February 27th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Sweet Pea PosterSweet Pea Cottage Preschool for the Arts is a Queen Anne-based nonprofit that connects educators and artists with children to explore a variety of traditions, disciplines, and arts-based experiences. Sweet Pea Cottage’s mission is to “enrich, inspire, challenge, and expand every child’s world through an art-based education.”

This Saturday, Sweet Pea is hosting its 11th Annual Dinner & Auction at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The event includes both a silent and live auction. This annual event is Sweet Pea’s primary fundraiser and all funds go to providing arts-based experiences for children, including scholarships for foster children and underserved children in Seattle.

Tickets to the event can be purchased online and the Auction Catalog is online as well, so you can take a look at the goods available in advance.

Sweet Pea Auction Poster

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Celebrate the New Year at Targy’s and help raise funds for Finn

December 28th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

TargysNewYear2013-webTargy’s Tavern is ringing in the New Year with a triple-threat of DJs to help fuel a fundraiser for a good cause. Join them on New Year’s Eve for Targy’s Bumpin’ & Thumpin’ New Year’s Eve Ball to celebrate and help out Finn, a 3 year old boy with leukemia.

If you were psyched about the 80s Dance Party that Targy’s hosted in the summer, then plan on attending this one too! The same three DJs that spun tunes for the 80s party are back at it again, this time celebrating the changing of the calendar and looking back at music’s past.

DJLeroy-Tomas-MikeJDJ Leroy, DJ MikeJ, and DJ Thomas – all local DJs from Queen Anne and Magnolia – will be playing “old school hits from the 80s and 90s, mixed with some modern top 40 dance hits” starting at 9:30pm.

In addition to the music, there’ll be a champagne toast at midnight to celebrate the New Year. Plus, Targy’s will be raising money for a good cause – helping out 3-year old Finn and his family in their battle against leukemia.

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Eat at the 5 Spot and help out Coe Elementary

November 11th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Coe-Elem-fundraising-imageIt’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!

Thanks, 5 Spot!

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Fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior softball team this Tuesday at Sully’s

August 25th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Sully'sThe 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.

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Help set a water balloon fight world record and help out a good cause too

August 12th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

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.

Party Camp FlyerTickets 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.

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Eat at 5 Spot on Tuesday and help out the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market

July 29th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

5Spot QAFMLast Thursday, the 5 Spot took the stage at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market chef’s tent – and the QAFM love continues tomorrow!

Between 5pm and 10pm tomorrow, Tuesday, July 30, 20% of 5 Spot’s evening food sales will go to our local farmers market. A great fundraiser at a local business… plus, prizes!

Stop by the 5 Spot tomorrow, check out their rotating menu and old stand-bys, and help out the QAFM.

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