Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot opens this Saturday

QA Helpline Tree SignWait! Don’t rush out and buy your Christmas tree on Black Friday! Wait one more day and buy it at the annual Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. The tree lot opens this Saturday and runs through December 18th – or when they run out of trees. And, this year, they are expecting a shortage of trees so shop early for the best selection.

helpline-tree-lotThe Queen Anne Helpline partners with Boy Scout Troop 72 for the tree lot, with all proceeds benefitting Helpline programs that assist neighbors in need. Volunteers staff the lot, and it’s a great way to get a tree right here on Queen Anne, help others, and probably see a neighbor or two!

The tree lot will be in the north parking lot of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway, alongside Boston St.

Take note of the operating times and shop early before the trees disappear!

Mondays through Thursdays: 2pm to 8 pm
Friday: 2pm to 9 pm
Saturdays: 9am to 9pm
Sundays: 9am to 8pm

Make plans now to swing by the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot for your holiday tree needs!

Queen Anne Helpline’s Holiday Groceries for Families: pick up extras while you shop this week!

Helpline logoFollowing the success of its Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors program, the Queen Anne Helpline is launching a new program for at-risk families with children. The Helpline aims to deliver 100 holiday food bags to local families via its new Holiday Groceries for Families program.

While you’re out shopping this week for Thanksgiving groceries, consider signing up to volunteer for the program. The Helpline has provided a list of non-perishable food items for the program, all you have to do is sign up, pick out the grocery items, and drop them by the Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St.

Pre-qualified families can pick up the groceries between December 1st and December 22nd, so getting the groceries to the Helpline in the week following Thanksgiving is key.

A gift card for purchasing perishables such as dairy, meat and produce will be included in each grocery bag. The Helpline needs donors and volunteers to provide food and/or pack the bags – all you need to do is sign up here.

If you have questions, you can call the Helpline at 206-282-1540, Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm, or visit their website. Thanks for helping the Helpline!

Holiday Magic & Tree Lighting make for a festive Friday night

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 7.33.19 PMTomorrow, Friday, December 4th, kicks off the holiday season on Queen Anne. The annual Holiday Magic shop-local event begins at 4pm and runs until 8pm. Upper Queen Anne merchants will have special deals to usher in the season and encourage shopping local on Queen Anne during the holiday season.

Plus, Santa will make his annual appearance at HomeStreet Bank, ready for free photos with kids and families. Be sure to stop by before 7:00pm, as Santa has to head back to the North Pole before Holiday Magic ends!

Towne Xmas TreeThis year’s Holiday Magic is joined by a new tradition, the Queen Anne Tree Lighting. The tree made its way to the Towne courtyard earlier this week, straight from the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. It’s set and ready to go at 6:00pm. Hot beverages from Storyville and cookies from Aegis Living will be on tap for those on hand to countdown to the tree lighting.

Mayor Ed Murray will announce the countdown for the tree lighting, and the Seattle Pacific University Brass Ensemble and cellist Peter Ellis will be performing holiday music.

You can check out all of the merchant deals below, note there are a couple of new additions since last week:

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave North
Roll a dice for 1-20% OFF.

Cederberg Tea House, 1417 Queen Anne Ave North
Warm up by the fire and enjoy a free drink with the purchase of a gift certificate. Available from 8:30am – 6pm.

El Diablo Coffee, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
20% off a Theo Hot Chocolate plus a raffle for a coffee package including a punch card for free drinks and whole bean coffee.

Eden Hill, 2209 Queen Anne Ave North
$5 spiked peppermint hot chocolate at the bar

Hauteyoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave North
15% off retail; 5 yoga classes for $65 (save $20)

HomeStreet Bank, Queen Anne Branch, 1835 Queen Anne Ave North
4-7pm – Santa will be making his annual visit to the Queen Anne branch. Please stop by to have your picture taken with Santa, and enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider.

My Dressing Room Boutique, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North
40% OFF all coats and jackets on December 4th!

Nancy’s Sewing Basket, 2221 Queen Anne Ave North
Draw your discount from our Holiday Stocking and save 10-30% off your purchase! 3rd Annual Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle – Enter to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl DollTM, inspired by Children’s books, handmade by the Staff. All proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place.

Peridot Boutique, 2135 Queen Anne Ave North
15% off total purchase between 4pm-8pm and enjoy champagne and cookies!!! Check out our selection of gift items

Pharmaca, 1900 Queen Anne Ave North
In-store Educational Events: Get $5 off your next $20 purchase when you attend these events! Ask a Team Member for details.

Pistil Design, 1422 Queen Anne Ave North
Flowers and gifts. Cider and Treats for Holiday Magic. 20% discount for any preordered Holiday Centerpiece.

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
Celebrate the Season at Queen Anne Book Company with Holiday Magic Savings! 25% Discount on All Sales!

Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave West
Dec 4-6: 7th Annual Holiday Antiques and Collectibles Sale to raise Scholarship Fund money for Youth classes and Camp Scholarships. Friday 5-7pm; Saturday 9-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm.

Queen Anne Dispatch, 2212 Queen Anne Ave North
20% off all outerwear!

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts, 1621 Queen Anne Ave North
Stop by for hot cider & cookies. Festive and fun gifts, jewelry and scarves. Great photo frames. 10% off all our gifts tonight.

Queen Anne Olive Oil Company, 1629 Queen Anne Ave North
Savory and sweet treats made with olive oil and balsamic. 15% off Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

Sonic City Acupuncture, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North, #204
“Acupuncture Happy Hour” Free relaxation treatments, and hot chocolate.

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts, 1801 Queen Anne Ave North
Please enjoy 10% off everything storewide! Celebrate the season at Stuhlbergs with our festive selection to decorate your home, hearth and tree!

Storyville Coffee Company, 2128 Queen Anne Ave North
Come and warm up by the fireplace with $1 hot chocolate and Christmas tree cookie combo, as well as 20% off dessert cakes and pretzels.

Swissa Jewelers, 1905 Queen Anne Ave North
Enjoy a glass of wine and take advantage of our Anniversary Sale, 25-50% off store wide.

The Language Link/La Casita Feliz Spanish Immersion Preschool, 1507 Queen Anne Ave N
4:30-6:30pm – Traditional Hot Chocolate from Latin America and Música! Kids come learn how to prepare traditional hot chocolate   from scratch. Warm up with a free cup of Latin American hot chocolate and tortilla!

Three Birds, 2107 Queen Anne Ave N
Wonderful specials to check out!

Celebrate the first night of Chanukah on Queen Anne

A Queen Anne resident has started a Jewish organization for Queen Anne families, Chabad of Queen Anne, and the organization is hosting its first community event, Let it Glow, this Sunday, December 6th, the first night of Chanukah.

Let it GlowLet it Glow celebrates the first night and centers around a menorah lighting ceremony. The event takes place at the corner of W Crockett and Queen Anne Ave N – where the Farmer’s Market happens in the summer. The evening promises family fun with special guests Elsa and Ana from Frozen, face painting, and balloons for kids, and latkes, jelly donuts, and music for all. Plus, dreidels!

The free ceremony and fun begins at 4:30pm, and the first 50 people will get a free glow in the dark menorah necklace. Be sure to stop by the Chanukah block party to celebrate or learn more about the holiday.

Chabad of Queen Anne is a local chapter of the worldwide Chabad movemen that will support the Jewish communities of Queen Anne and Magnolia. The organization plans on hosting both educational and cultural programs for the community, and all are welcome to attend the family-friendly events.

Stay tuned for more from this new Queen Anne organization, and Happy Chanukah!

Holiday Magic is next Friday with Santa, tree lighting, and more

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 7.33.19 PMThe annual Upper Queen Anne merchant holiday extravaganza, Holiday Magic, is happening next Friday, December 4th. This year, in addition to the deals at local shops and Santa’s annual appearance at HomeStreet Bank, don’t miss the new tradition of the Queen Anne Holiday Tree Lighting!

Holiday Magic runs from 4pm to 8pm, and the countdown to the tree lighting is at 6:30pm in the Towne Center plaza (outside Trader Joe’s). At the tree lighting, you can enjoy hot beverages from Storyville and tasty bites from Aegis Living, while listening to holiday music and counting down to the lighting.

Here’s the list of merchants with special events & deals during Holiday Magic – note, more businesses will likely join in as next Friday draws closer, and the spirit of Holiday Magic is to shop small and local, in our very own neighborhood:

Blue Highway Games, 2203 Queen Anne Ave North
Roll a dice for 1-20% OFF.

Cederberg Tea House, 1417 Queen Anne Ave North
Warm up by the fire and enjoy a free drink with the purchase of a gift certificate. Available from 8:30am – 6pm.

El Diablo Coffee, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
20% off a Theo Hot Chocolate plus a raffle for a coffee package including a punch card for free drinks and whole bean coffee.

Hauteyoga, 2131 Queen Anne Ave North
15% off retail; 5 yoga classes for $65 (save $20)

HomeStreet Bank, Queen Anne Branch, 1835 Queen Anne Ave North
4-7pm – Santa will be making his annual visit to the Queen Anne branch. Please stop by to have your picture taken with Santa, and enjoy holiday cookies and hot apple cider.

My Dressing Room Boutique, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North
30% off all Winter Coats. 40% off all Jeans.

Nancy’s Sewing Basket, 2221 Queen Anne Ave North
Draw your discount from our Holiday Stocking and save 10-30% off your purchase! 3rd Annual Share-the-Joy Dress Raffle – Enter to win a new wardrobe for your American Girl DollTM, inspired by Children’s books, handmade by the Staff. All proceeds will benefit Mary’s Place.

Pharmaca, 1900 Queen Anne Ave North
In-store Educational Events: Get $5 off your next $20 purchase when you attend these events! Ask a Team Member for details.

Pistil Design, 1422 Queen Anne Ave North
Flowers and gifts. Cider and Treats for Holiday Magic. 20% discount for any preordered Holiday Centerpiece.

Queen Anne Book Company, 1811 Queen Anne Ave North
Celebrate the Season at Queen Anne Book Company with Holiday Magic Savings! 25% Discount on All Sales!

Queen Anne Community Center, 1901 1st Ave West
Dec 4-6: 7th Annual Holiday Antiques and Collectibles Sale to raise Scholarship Fund money for Youth classes and Camp Scholarships. Friday 5-7pm; Saturday 9-5pm; Sunday 10am-4pm.

Queen Anne Frame & Avenue Arts, 1621 Queen Anne Ave North
Stop by for hot cider & cookies. Festive and fun gifts, jewelry and scarves. Great photo frames. 10% off all our gifts tonight.

Queen Anne Olive Oil Company, 1629 Queen Anne Ave North
Savory and sweet treats made with olive oil and balsamic. 15% off Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar.

Sonic City Acupuncture, 1817 Queen Anne Ave North, #204
“Acupuncture Happy Hour” Free relaxation treatments, and hot chocolate.

Stuhlbergs Home & Gifts, 1801 Queen Anne Ave North
Please enjoy 10% off everything storewide! Celebrate the season at Stuhlbergs with our festive selection to decorate your home, hearth and tree!

Storyville Coffee Company, 2128 Queen Anne Ave North
Come and warm up by the fireplace with $1 hot chocolate and Christmas tree cookie combo, as well as 20% off dessert cakes and pretzels.

Swissa Jewelers, 1905 Queen Anne Ave North
Enjoy a glass of wine and take advantage of our Anniversary Sale, 25-50% off store wide.

The Language Link/La Casita Feliz Spanish Immersion Preschool, 1507 Queen Anne Ave N
4:30-6:30pm – Traditional Hot Chocolate from Latin America and Música! Kids come learn how to prepare traditional hot chocolate   from scratch. Warm up with a free cup of Latin American hot chocolate and tortilla!

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!