Happy Thanksgiving weekend from local Seattle Fire Department Station No. 8

fire-station-8-sfdOur local Seattle Fire Department Station 8 firefighters celebrated Thanksgiving this past Thursday at the station on the corner of Warren Ave N & Lee St. Their families joined them in a traditional meal served at Station 8 – and, true to their service, they were called out 4 times during the meal.

If you heard sirens on Thanksgiving, that was our local firefighters busy at work and taking a break from their own turkey feast.

Jenn Kirkpatrick shared this photo of the celebration to share with readers (thanks, Jenn!). Her husband, Lieutenant Kirkpatrick, has been in the Seattle Fire Department for 25 years, and has been at Station 8 for the last 15 years. According to Lynn: “This is his home away from home.”

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Thank you to our local Seattle Fire Department Station 8 firefighters!

Queen Anne Helpline’s Thanksgiving for Seniors volunteer program is back

Helpline logoThanksgiving is next Thursday, it’ll be here before you know it. As you plan your holiday grocery shopping, you can also help local seniors enjoy the holiday, thanks to the Queen Anne Helpline and its partnership with All Saint’s Church. Following on the success of last year’s Thanksgiving for Seniors, the Helpline is repeating the program and seeking both donations and volunteers to make it a success.

Via the program, low-income seniors in Queen Anne, Magnolia and South Lake Union can sign up to have a bag of groceries delivered to their door the day before Thanksgiving.

You can donate specified food items from the Queen Anne Helpline’s list or volunteer to pack grocery bags or deliver groceries to local seniors.

Go to this site today to sign up, slots are filling up fast!

Help the Queen Anne Food Bank with Krav Maga Seattle’s 2nd annual Thanksgiving food drive

KMS QAFBKrav Maga Seattle has kicked off its 2nd annual Thanksgiving food drive, running through Thanksgiving day, November 24th. This year, Krav Maga’s goal is to donate 2,000 food and hygiene items to the Queen Anne Food Bank.

Krav Maga Seattle (KMS) is offering a few incentives including a raffle for a $100 KMS Store certificate for anyone who donates, and one week of free classes for new KMS students who donate 8 or more of the most needed items. If the studio hits its goal, Head Instructor Chau Le will lead a series of weapons defense classes open to all members who donated to the food drive.

See the list below for the most-needed items:

– Canned Chili
– Canned Meat
– Canned Soup
– Canned Fruit
– Granola Bars / Energy Bars / Trail Mix
– Cold Cereal
– Jam / Jelly / Preserves
– Condiments (Mayo, Mustard, etc.)
– Hygiene Items (Deodorant, Toothpaste, Razors, TP, Feminine Hygiene, etc.)

Thanks to Krav Maga Seattle for giving back to the Queen Anne community!

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!

The Seattle Turkey Trot registration is now open

While it may take place a neighborhood away, the Seattle Turkey Trot is one-of-a-kind in Seattle. Plus, it’s close enough for Queen Anne residents to take the hop, skip, or jump over to Ballard for the 9th annual 5K fun run/walk – before Thanksgiving festivities kick off for the day.

STTPosterThe Seattle Turkey Trot takes place on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26th. Early registration is open now and runs through next Monday, November 17th. Tickets are $15 for kids 10 and under, $25 for adults and kids 11 and over. When the early bird (turkey?) prices end, the registration fees go up to $20 for kids and $35 for adults.

The Turkey Trot is family-friendly, costumes are welcome, and all proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank. Last year, over 3,500 Turkey Trotters participated, raising $110,000 for the Ballard Food Bank.

Seattle Turkey Trot costumesThe Seattle Turkey Trot is the first Thanksgiving run of its kind in Seattle, started by Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien 9 years ago. At the time, there were no other organized options for a Thanksgiving run – and to this day, it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends before the big meal.

The race starts at 9am at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St and ends at Golden Gardens Park (race route is here). Register today to save on the fees, and plan to trot over to Ballard on Thanksgiving morning for a fun run benefitting a good cause.

Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

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The holiday season kicks off this week with Turkey Day and local festivities. Plus, quite a few events at Key Arena and in neighborhoods close to Queen Anne, so check before you go to avoid getting stuck in event traffic.

If you have an event you’d like us to add, let us know!

Tuesday, November 25:
Bastille, Key Arena, 8pm – estimated attendance of 8,000

Wednesday, November 26:
Usher, Key Arena, 7:30pm – estimated attendance of 10,000

Thursday, November 27 (Turkey Day):
Seattle Turkey Trot, Ballard, 9am start
Annual Queen Anne Turkey Bowl (flag-football), Big Howe Field, 9:30am

Friday, November 28:
Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45am start at 7th & Pine
23,000 people expected to attend

Westlake Tree Lighting, Star Lighting, and Fireworks show, 5pm start
25,000 people expected to attend

Saturday, November 29:
Seattle Marathon 5K Race, 8:30am-11:30am
Starts at 5th Ave N bet. Republican and Harrison; ends at Memorial Stadium
1,300 participants expected
See course map for impacted streets

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon, 10am-11am
Starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison St; ends at Memorial Stadium
See course map for impacted streets

Sunday, November 30:

Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon, street closures run 7am-2:15pm
Closures include Mercer and 5th Ave N – see course map for impacted streets
15,000 participants expected
Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed

Queen Anne Holiday Social, alcove next to Queen Anne Olive Oil, 2pm-5pm

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game, CenturyLink, 6pm
50,000 estimated attendees