Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot opens Saturday, November 28th

QA Helpline Tree SignWait! Don’t go out and buy your Christmas tree before the Thanksgiving holiday! First, celebrate a meal with your family and then make plans to head to the Queen Anne Helpline Christmas Tree Lot. The tree lot opens Saturday, November 28th, and it’s run by local volunteers and Boy Scout Troop 72.

The lot will be located in the Upper Queen Anne Safeway’s north parking lot, and will be open November 28th – December 20th. Hours are as follows:

Saturdays: 9am-9pm
Sundays: 9am-8pm, 9am-6pm on December 20th
Mondays-Thursdays: 2pm-8pm
Fridays: 2pm-9pm

As always, the tree lot will feature a variety of Christmas trees, as well as garland and wreaths. All your holiday greenery in one spot, and proceeds benefit the Helpline!

Also, if you’re looking for a way to help the Helpline, there’s one volunteer cashier position still open on Saturday, December 19th. You can sign up here for that slot – first come, first served!

Help the Helpline make Thanksgiving a festive event for seniors

Helpline logoThanksgiving is a little over 2 weeks away, but for low-income seniors, it’s looming large and can be a lonely holiday without the staples of a traditional holiday meal. Luckily, Queen Anne seniors have the Queen Anne Helpline, and you can help the Helpline make Thanksgiving happen this year for up to 100 seniors.

The Helpline is putting together Thanksgiving grocery bags for low-income senior residents of Queen Anne, Magnolia, and South Lake Union. Volunteers will deliver groceries the day before Thanksgiving and you can help in several ways by signing up to:

– purchase grocery items from a list by Thursday, November 19th

– pack grocery bags on Monday, November 23rd

– deliver groceries on Wednesday, November 25th

The Queen Anne Helpline has partnered with All Saint’s Church to help make Thanksgiving a festive occasion for up to 100 senior neighbors. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, all you need to do is sign up here to pick a volunteer activity. It can be as simple as purchasing the listed food items from a local grocery store!

As always, many thanks in advance to the Helpline for making our neighborhood a great place to live and give back at the same time!

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.

Coat drive for Queen Anne Helpline starts Thursday and runs the month of October

Helpline logoLocal real estate broker and Queen Anne resident Stephanie Kastner is running a coat drive for the Queen Anne Helpline starting this Thursday, October 1st. Stephanie organized a coat drive last year with much success, and is returning for year two of helping the Helpline. The drive runs the entire month of October, preparing the Helpline for its clients’ winter needs.

If you have new or gently used coats, there are several easy ways to donate them via the drive:

  • Collection boxes at both the Queen Anne (1630 Queen Anne Ave N) and Magnolia Umpqua (2236 32nd Ave W, Ste. A) October 1st – October 31st
  • Collection box at the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market on October 8th & October 15th
  • Contact Stephanie directly for a coat pickup via email or phone at (206)999-1459
Reminder: you can donate coats, clothes, and unopened toiletry items directly to the Queen Anne Helpline. Call ahead at 206.282.1540 for drop-off times, as they operate with a small staff. Your donations are greatly appreciated and tax-deductible!

Queen Anne Days is this weekend!

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!

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

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 annrpearce@aol.com.

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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