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Queen Anne Days is this weekend!

July 8th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

It’s finally here, this weekend kicks the annual bigger-than-ever Queen Anne Days. Here’s a recap of the upcoming events so you can plan your weekend:

FunRunShirt_FinalQueen Anne Helpline Fun Run & Walk – Saturday, July 11th. Register here.

  • Day of registration: t-shirt and number pick up beginning at 7am – QA Lutheran Church, 8th Ave W and McGraw
  • 8 am start for all runners and walkers at 5th W and Halladay St
  • Mostly flat course follows the historic crown of Queen Anne
  • Finish in front of Coe School, 7th Ave W
  • Awards ceremony, raffle prizes and food at QA Lutheran Church after the race. Awards for first place finishers: Mens, Womens, Girls 12 and under, Boys 12 and under
  • Prize for best, most creative hat!
  • Guest announcer Steve Raible

Sidewalk Sale – 10am-6pm Saturday/Sunday - Get a deal, patronize a new business and support local entrepreneurs

Queen Anne Days map

Summerfest – Saturday, July 11th

  • 1:30pm – Doggie Parade (with trophies!), meet in front of Queen Anne Community Center at 1:15pm
  • 2:00pm-9:00pm – West Queen Anne Playfield: Beer, Wine & Cider Garden / Marqueen Garage Car Show / Tai Chi for Seniors / Chess opportunities / Pottery hands-on demonstrations / Uptown Art Show / Wine & Art / Live Music / Food and more

Familyfest – Sunday, July 12th

  • 10:30am – Kiddie Parade - Decorate your “ride” and get creative with your kids for this neighborhood parade; gather at McClure School Parking Lot, parade begins at 11:00am
  • 11:00am-4:00pm – West Queen Anne Playfield
  • Bands: The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, Johnny Bregar, The Harmonica Pocket, The Tallboys, Seattle Kokon Taiko
  • Lots of bouncy houses
  • Food trucks
  • Games, arts, crafts and other fun activities hosted by local businesses and organizations
  • Bunnies to pet and snuggle with

Queen Anne Days is a volunteer-run weekend – and the volunteers live right here in our neighborhood. You can get even more info via Facebook or the Queen Anne Days website. Everyone is welcome to attend the festivities!

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Register for the Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk or volunteer to help out on July 11th

June 29th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

QA Fun Run Sign 2015The Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk is now less than 2 weeks away! The 29th annual community event is Saturday, July 11th, and registration is open now. All proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and our neighbors in need – a fun day and a great cause.

If you’re not planning on a walk or run around the top of Queen Anne, you can still participate as a volunteer. The fun run depends on the help of neighborhood volunteers to keep the racers safe. You can sign up to be a crossing guard to help everyone navigate streets and intersections as they loop around the hill.

FunRunShirt_FinalVolunteers need to be at Queen Anne Lutheran Church (2400 8th Ave W) between 7am and 7:30am the morning of the fun run to pick up vests and flags. As a volunteer, you’ll be assigned a specific spot for the event. The run ends around 9am and everyone is invited to join in the festivities at the race end (by Coe Elementary).

If you’d like to volunteer, contact Ann Pearce at

If you’d like to register for the race, you can do so online. All participants get a t-shirt (pictured) and it’s a great way to kick off the weekend’s Queen Anne Days festivities!

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Mister Rogers Sweater Drive kicks off this Monday and helps benefit Queen Anne Helpline

January 10th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Mister Rogers sweater drive logoLocal charities receive many donations in December with the combination of holiday cheer and year-end tax deductions acting as reminders to make charitable contributions. Once the holidays are over, January drags us into another year of day-to-day routines – but for people in need, this is a critical time of year. It’s winter, it’s cold, and warm clothing is essential.

This year, as in years past, you can donate warm clothing such as sweaters, coats, gloves, and hats via the Mister Rogers Neighborhood Sweater Drive. KCTS is hosting the drive for the 18th year, it starts Monday, January 12th and runs through Sunday, February 8th. All donated items go to Wellspring Family Services, Queen Anne Helpline and Northwest Center.

How to donate: Look for the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collection bin at any PCC Natural Markets or Sound Credit Union or drop items off at KCTS 9‘s Seattle Center studio. Warm clothing for children is greatly needed, but all new or gently used adult and children’s sweaters and coats will be accepted.

Fred Rogers (aka Mister Rogers) began the sweater drive in 1997 and it continues today. Last year, the KCTS Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive collected more than 7,500 sweaters and coats — 5,336 pounds of warm clothing — for families in need in both Seattle and King County.

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Mike Davis All Stars jazz concert this Sunday benefits Queen Anne Helpline

December 23rd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Mike Davis JazzIf you like jazz and want to help out the Queen Anne Helpline, mark your calendar for this Sunday. Mike Davis, a Seattle native who plays trumpet in Manhattan and performed at Lincoln Center last month, is hosting an All Stars Helpline Benefit Concert this Sunday, December 28th.

Queen Anne Presbyterian Church is hosting the concert, and Mike Davis has put together the lineup that consists of “some of the best jazz musicians in the country” who’ll be playing “some of the most swingin’ jazz you will hear anywhere” – all to benefit the Helpline.

Admission to the concert is the donation amount of your choice, and all proceeds will go directly to the Helpline. Queen Anne Presbyterian is at 414 W Howe St and all are welcome to attend, enjoy swinging jazz, and celebrate the good work of the Helpline. The concert starts at 7pm and runs until 8:30pm.

Help out the Helpline and enjoy great jazz at the same time!

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Queen Anne Helpline tree lot is open for business

November 29th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QA Tree Lot 2014The annual Queen Anne Helpline tree lot opened earlier today with the help of a crew of hard-working volunteers. That’s right, the people working at the tree lot as cashiers, tree selection experts, tree trimmers, and heavy lifters are either local volunteers or members (and parents of) of Boy Scout Troop 72.

The lot is open every day through December 21st or until they run out of trees. You can also get garland and wreath decorations at the tree lot, help out the Queen Anne Helpline, and probably catch up with a few neighbors at the same time.

QA Tree Lot sign 2014If you’re in the market for a tree, head to the Upper Queen Anne Safeway at the corner of Boston and Queen Anne Ave N (2100 Queen Anne Ave N).

The tree lot is located in the north parking lot and is open until 8pm every day, and later on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. (note: not sure what the duct tape over closing hours indicates in the photo, but cashiers are on hand until 8:30pm on Saturdays and 8pm on Sundays.)

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Queen Anne Helpline receives grant and ramps up for winter holiday season – how you can help!

November 11th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Helpline logoIt’s been a while since we posted news on our local Queen Anne Helpline. The annual Gala held every October was missed due to my short leave-of-absence from Queen Anne View. However, thanks to Queen Anne residents and businesses, the Helpline raised a record $144,000 at the event, exceeding its goal of $120,000. A big thank you to Queen Anne residents and businesses who attended!

In other happy Helpline news, our local Upper Queen Anne Safeway nominated the Helpline for a $1,000 grant from Hunger Is – a program where the Safeway managers nominate a local charity and customers contribute during a month-long fundraiser. The funds from the grant will go to the Helpline’s Weekend Food for Kids program that serves 5 schools in both Magnolia and on Queen Anne. Thank you to our local Safeway and customers!

Now, on to the cold weather that’s moved into our area… it’s a sure sign of winter and the holiday season. There are several ways you can help our neighbors in need via the Helpline’s program:

Thanksgiving Groceries for Seniors:

The Helpline is partnering with All Saints Church to collect and deliver Thanksgiving groceries to seniors. Senior housing managers, churches, and other agencies identify low-income seniors who have no access to a Thanksgiving meal, and the Helpline has a goal of providing 100 bags of Thanksgiving food.

To reach this goal, the Helpline will purchase perishable items for the program, and is asking for donations of non-perishable items – any and all donations are welcome. If you’d like to help, fill a bag with food from the list below and call the Helpline at 206-282-1540 to arrange to drop off:

• Can of vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.)
• Package of mashed potatoes
• Package of stuffing/dressing
• Can of cranberry sauce
• Can/jar of gravy
• Box of instant oatmeal
• Package of cookies
• Shelf-stable milk
• Cans of individual serving juice

If you’d like to help with the perishable items, like Thanksgiving turkey breast, rolls, butter, etc., you can donate Safeway gift cards or cash to the Helpline. Contact the Helpline at 206-282-1540.

Queen Anne Helpline Tree Lot – Volunteers!

It’s already that time of year! The Helpline is seeking volunteers for the annual Christmas Tree Lot. You can sign up to be a volunteer cashier at the Tree Lot on the Helpline’s web site.

Other ways to help:

QAH Food BankFinally, a reminder that you can donate coats, clothes, blankets, and toiletries to the Helpline. With the cold weather upon us, take a look in your closet and if you have coats or warm clothes that need a new home, give the Helpline a call to set up a drop-off time. If you travel a lot and have unopened hotel soaps and toiletries taking up space in your bathroom cabinet, they’re perfect for the Helpline too.

You can also donate to the Helpline when you shop at via AmazonSmile . All you have to do is make your Amazon purchases via this link, and Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price to the Helpline.

If you’d like to donate your time, check out the volunteer opportunities on the web site.

Regardless of whether you donate money, time, or household items, it’s all for a good cause. Help out the Helpline this year!

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October coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts this week

September 29th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

September really passed me by. Due to illness, I was pretty much out of commission for the entire month. But, I’m feeling better and October is just around the corner!

Helpline logoToday’s grey, cool weather is screaming Fall. And, that means even cooler temps are on the way. For some of our neighbors in need, cool weather means turning to the Queen Anne Helpline. The Helpline offers a wide range of assistance and its clothing bank is a great resource.

Stephanie Kastner reached out to the Helpline to find out the best way to help stock the Helpline’s resources, and she’s kicking off a coat drive this Wednesday, October 1st. If you’d like to donate gently used coats for either kids or adults, she’s making it easy to do so.

You can drop off coats at the Queen Anne Umpqua Bank at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N during the month of October. You can also bring coats to two Queen Anne Farmers Markets (October 2 and October 16).

If you’d like to schedule a pick-up at your home, give Stephanie a call at 206-999-1459 or send an email.

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Queen Anne Fun Run is less than 3 weeks away and volunteers are needed

June 24th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

The annual Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run/Walk is two and a half weeks away! If you’re not running or walking on July 12th, you can still participate! Obviously, you can cheer people on, but how about helping out with safety?

QAH Fun Run 2014You can volunteer to be a crossing guard for the Fun Run – helping out the Helpline and keeping the event a safe one. The organizers needs 15 crossing guards, and all you need to do is volunteer your Saturday morning time to a good (and fun) cause.

Crossing guards need to be available between 7am and 9:30am on Saturday, July 12th. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Ann Pearce at 206-284-0604 or via email.

If you want to run or walk, registration is open through July 10th. The fee for runners or walkers is $25, and kids ages 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Helpline and you get a t-shirt too!

The Fun Run benefits the Helpline, so consider running, walking, or volunteering to help out!

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Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run/Walk is July 12 and registration is open now!

May 15th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QAH Fun Run 2014On an early morning walk before the summer temps hit today, I spotted several signs for the annual Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run/Walk. The annual fundraiser and community event rallies the neighborhood for a good cause and lots of fun as runners and walkers make their way around the Crown of Queen Anne.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, July 12. You can register today online or at the Queen Anne Farmers Market on the following Thursdays: June 26th, July 3rd and July 10th.

Here are the key details from the Helpline’s web site:

About the race: Our annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, July 12th this yearThe Fun Run/Walk follows a flat, 3.3 mile historic route around the crown of the hill and is open to all ages, families and individuals, serious runners and casual walkers alike.

Starting line:  The starting line is at 5th West and West Halladay. Walkers start time is 8:00am, runners start at 8:20am.

Cost: Registration is $35 in advance or $40 on race day.  This cost includes a beautiful t-shirt printed with a course map. Children 5 and under are free, you may purchase a t-shirt for them for $10.

Sponsorships:  We offer a range of sponsorship levels from $100 – $2500 and above. This event is a fantastic way to promote your business to the entire community – sponsor at the $500 and above level for your logo to be featured on the event t-shirt. If your organization or business is interested or would like more information, please contact us via email or at 206-282-1540.

Teams:  Consider participating as a corporate team! Wear your favorite team wear and run/walk together, or let your fastest member compete for the Team Award!

Prizes:  At the end of the race convene on the lawn at the Queen Anne Lutheran Church on 8th Ave. W. and W. McGraw where we’ll award prizes for the first place runners in each of these categories: male and female adult, male and female child 12 and under, and first place team for the fastest runner from a team. We’ll also recognize the most creative hat and will have a drawing for many wonderful gifts donated by local businesses.

Volunteer:  Each year several hundred volunteers help ensure a successful event. With opportunities ranging from crossing guard to water delivery and food prep, there’s something for everyone. If you are interested, please visit our Volunteer page on this website and complete a volunteer application.

Fun times ahead – here’s a shot from last year’s starting line to get you motivated to run to the website and register today!

QA Fun Run Start

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Queen Anne Helpline launches new web site and expanded service area

March 2nd, 2014 by Laura Fonda

QAH web siteEarlier this week, local nonprofit Queen Anne Helpline launched a completely redesigned web site to help communicate its message and raise awareness of the help it provides to Queen Anne neighbors.

In conjunction with the launch, there’s a renewed emphasis on the clients the Helpline serves – not only Queen Anne residents, but also our neighbors in Magnolia and South Lake Union. The Helpline serves those in need who reside in zip codes 98109, 98119, and 98199, an area of over 65,000 residents.

The new website provides relevant information for both neighbors in need and neighbors who want to help. You can read up on the Helpline’s history, what they do every day to help, see their new tagline “Serving Queen Anne, Magnolia, and South Lake Union”, and watch a short video overview of the organization.

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Attention last-minute shoppers: Helpline Christmas Trees available for free

December 24th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Free TreesSomeone on Twitter tipped us last night to the Queen Anne Helpline Tree lot’s last hurrah – they were giving Christmas trees away for free last night.

Today, there are still plenty of trees to pick from, and they’re free (although, a tax-deductible donation to the Helpline is much appreciated). If you don’t have a tree yet, or were on the fence about getting one, now’s your chance. The trees are in the north lot of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway.

Merry Christmas!

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Queen Anne Christmas tree lot opens Saturday, benefits Queen Anne Helpline and Troop 72

November 29th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

The annual Queen Anne Helpline and the Boy Scouts of America Troop 72 Christmas Tree Lot opens tomorrow morning, Saturday, November 30th. 

QA Helpline Tree Sign

The signage is up, sales begin Saturday!

The annual community sale provides residents with a wide selection of trees, wreaths, and garlands – conveniently located next to the Upper Queen Anne Safeway, and with all proceeds benefitting the Helpline and Troop 72.

The lot was busy today with volunteers setting up the signage and sweeping up Christmas tree needles and trimmings as trees of all different types (Noble, Tannenbaum, Fraser, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce) were moved into place. This year, the lot returns the north side of Safeway, bordered by 1st Ave N to the back and Boston St to the side.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Thursday 2-8pm
  • Friday 2-9pm
  • Saturday 9-9pm
  • Sunday 9-8pm

The tree lot is staffed by volunteers, and they can always use a few more! If you’re interested in volunteering, please call 206-282-1540.

Meanwhile, plan to spend Saturday shopping small at our local Queen Anne businesses, stop by Queen Anne Book Company for Indies First, and swing by the Tree Lot for your holiday decor!

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