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

Early registration deadline for Seattle Turkey Trot is this Tuesday

Turkey Trot logoWhile it may be a neighborhood away, the annual Seattle Turkey Trot that routes runners through Ballard is the Thanksgiving Day run to do!

The Turkey Trot was a true grassroots effort when Ballardites Erin Fortier, Matt Ramme, and John O’Brien organized the first event after running the Portland Turkey Trot nine years ago – and realizing Seattle had no equivalent. (and, hey, we can’t be outdone by Portland, can we?)

turkeypromo2The 8th annual Turkey Trot is a 5K run-or-walk that kicks off on Thanksgiving morning at 9am. Early Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids 10 & under – the deadline is Tuesday, November 18th. The registration proceeds benefit the Ballard Food Bank, with last year’s event bringing in over $90,000.

The Turkey Trot is family-friendly and turkey costumes are welcome! Join nearly 3,000 other runners/walkers this year and get a work-out before your Thanksgiving feast!

The Seattle Turkey Trot route starts at 32nd Ave NW and NW 85th St and the finish line is at Golden Gardens Park. After your trot, you can head back home to Queen Anne and feast away guilt-free!

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

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!

Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

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Happy Thanksgiving a day early! Here are the events to keep you busy over the long holiday weekend, from the annual Turkey Trot to the Macy’s Holiday Parade to the Apple Cup to Indies First at Queen Anne Book Company. There’s something for everyone, including those who are kicking off the shopping season – be sure to Shop Small on Saturday! Watch for traffic around the Seattle Center on Saturday and Sunday mornings (Seattle Marathon 5K and Marathon/Half Marathon foot and vehicle traffic), and Go Hawks! on Monday Night Football!

Multi-Day Events:

Thursday, November 28

Friday, November 29

Saturday, November 30

Sunday December 1

Monday, December 2

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at

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