Queen Anne Elementary Needs Volunteer Crossing Guards

Queen Anne Elementary Students
2012 First Day of School
Photo credit: Tony Teske, Kast Design Co.

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that helps keep kids safe and promotes safer driving in our neighborhood? Queen Anne Elementary has an urgent need for volunteer crossing guards to keep the kids safe en route to and from school.

If you’ve driven by the school at 411 Boston St, then you know that it’s on a busy road, and the 20mph school zone speed limit is not always respected. The school needs crossing guards to help kids and their families safely cross Boston at 4th Ave N, and they need them as soon as possible.

Volunteers are needed weekday mornings from 9:00-9:30am and weekday afternoons from 3:25-3:50pm. The school provides a brief safety-training course; volunteers must complete a no-cost background check.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer crossing guard, please email Karen G. or phone the school office at 206.252.2480 and leave your contact information.

Register for Green Seattle Day 2012 and Be a Volunteer for the SW Queen Anne Greenbelt

Green Seattle Day, an all-volunteer effort to plant native trees and shrubs in Seattle parks, kicks off on November 3rd. The SW Queen Anne Greenbelt is on the list and so far only 3 of 20 volunteer slots are filled – so there’s an opportunity for you to register and help out the sole Queen Anne park on the list.

The Green Seattle Partnership is a joint effort by the City of Seattle, Forterra, other local nonprofit organizations, and volunteers to restore and steward Seattle’s parks and green spaces. Over 150 Earth Corps and AmeriCorps volunteers have cleared the area so the SW Queen Anne Greenbelt team will have a clean slate for planting 200-400 trees and shrubs. The team will also remove invasive ivy and create survival rings to protect trees from ivy.

Key Details:
What: Green Seattle Day at SW Queen Anne Greenbelt
Where: 1154 Elliott Ave W at W Lee, meet behind Super Supplements
When: Nov 3rd, 10am-2pm
Registration: RSVP online so the coordinator can plan for supplies

What Should I Bring?
Tools, gloves, and restoration supplies will be provided. If you have gloves or clippers, please bring them. Volunteers should also bring their own water. Wear warm clothes and rain gear, and note that since some areas are sloped, sturdy shoes or boots are recommended. Removal of blackberry vines will be one of the activities, and that task requires long sleeves and tough clothing.

RSVP online and mark your calendar!

Dining out for Life seeks volunteers

Volunteers are needed for Dining Out For Life on Thursday, April 26. Participating restaurants, grocery stores, cafes, and other food retailers donate up to 30% of the day’s sales to Lifelong AIDS Alliance and the fight against illness and hunger in our community.

There are breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night shifts available in restaurants all over Seattle/King County. An average shift takes anywhere from 3-6 hours. Visit the event website for the list of participating restaurants.

Participating restaurants in Queen Anne include Emmer and Rye, Hilltop Ale House, Pasta Bella, Ponti Seafood Grill, Via Tribunali, and Whole Foods Market in the Interbay.

Register here to fill out the volunteer ambassador application for Lifelong AIDS Alliance’s 19th Annual Dining Out For Life, or contact Tony Bohn for more information.

Harvest fruit from your trees with Lettuce Link

The fruit will soon be ripening on neighborhood trees and Lettuce Link wants to make sure none of it goes to waste.

Lettuce Link is looking for trees to harvest and volunteers to pick the fruit.

From the Lettuce Link website:

There are lots of ways to help out! We need volunteers who can do one or more of the following:

  • “Scout” trees ahead of time to see if the fruit is ripe
  • Harvest at scheduled work parties
  • Be on-call to harvest fruit in their neighborhoods
  • Provide garage space for storing ladders, picking buckets, and/or fruit
  • Deliver fruit to food banks and meal programs
  • The volunteer application is available here (.doc) and 90-minute volunteer orientations are on Tuesday, July 19th at 6 p.m. at the Douglass-Truth Library (2300 E Yesler Way) and on Thursday, July 21st at 6 p.m. at Solid Ground in Wallingford (1501 N 45th St.)

    To RSVP, or if you’d like to volunteer but can’t make it to an orientation, please contact Molly at fruitharvest@solid-ground.org or 206-694-6751.

    QA Windermere gives back in day of service Friday

    This Friday is the 27th annual Windermere’s Community Service Day. Our local Queen Anne associates will be taking the day off from their normal duties to roll up their sleeves and get dirty doing extensive landscaping and painting projects at McClure Middle School and the Queen Anne Community Center.

    Other local projects in other neighborhoods include:

    Green Lake – Daniel Bagley Elementary: development of the outdoor classroom including construction of a shed and benches.

    Fremont – BF Day Elementary: grounds maintenance and the creation of paper “birthday crowns” for the student body.

    Wedgwood – Theodora (HUD 202) Housing: projects as assigned.

    Sand Point – Magnuson Park YMCA: projects as assigned.

    Lake Forest Park – Ballinger (Low income) Homes: maintenance and beautification projects as directed.

    Northgate – Olympic View Elementary: flower and shrub planting.

    Oak Tree – Greenwood Elementary: maintenance and beautification as directed.

    Queen Anne Farmers Market 2011 season prepares to kick off next week, under new management

    Even with the sparse rain drops falling sporadically around town today, it seems spring has finally arrived, and with that comes, at long last, the opening of the Queen Anne Farmers Market season, which will kick off just one week from today, on Thursday June 2 until Thursday, October 6.

    The market, which has always been under the wing of Queen Anne Neighbors for Responsible Growth (QANRG), is under new management this year after a disagreement arose between the QANRG and the market’s former director Julie Whitehorn, who has managed the market for the past two years. After many months of uncertainty, Whitehorn and the QANRG were unable to resolve the dispute and opted instead to go their separate ways rather than see the market suffer. Read Whitehorn’s resignation letter here (.pdf), and the QANRG’s press release introducing the market’s new staff team here (.pdf).

    Still despite the changing of the guard, QANRG says the market will maintain many of the same staff members, volunteers and vendors from prior seasons, keeping consistent with the community that has grown around the market over the last four years.

    “This year’s market builds on a successful 2010 season that saw customer attendance increase by 94 percent and the growth of a dynamic vendor roster of 64 farmers and prepared food vendors. In its fifth year as the fiscal sponsor, QANRG remains steadfastly committed to creating a sustainable market that can continue to serve the community for years to come,” QANRG President Scott Smith said in a statement released last month.

    The market’s new manager, Jamie Collado, brings with her more than nine years of experience working in the local food scene managing restaurant operations, and has a particular interest in health and nutrition. While completing her preceptorship with Seattle Nutrition Action Consortium, Seattle and King County Public Health, she taught healthy eating classes for local teens, putting her undergraduate and graduate education in nutrition and exercise to work.

    In addition to adding some new faces, this year’s market will also report to the QAFM Steering Committee, a group made up of former market staff, volunteers, and community members who will be charged with the task of overseeing market operations, community outreach and planning for the market’s long-term sustainability. (Read more about the steering committee in the QANRG press release linked above).

    The new market also has a brand new website to match, but ther than that, very little will be changing at the market itself. Held at its usual spot on West Crockett Street between Queen Anne Ave N and 1st Ave W, the market will be extending its hours by a half-hour, going from 3 to 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. every Thursday through October 6. And each week the market will still be packed with great local vendors, live music, cooking demos, book signings, and more fun events. Check out the list of vendors scheduled to appear at the market this year here.

    Want to get involved in the QAFM? Information on how to become a market sponsor by making a tex-deductible donation can be found here.

    The QAFM is also still looking for volunteers for the upcoming season for everything from staffing the information table, to donating professional services such as web design or photography. If you’ve got a skill you’d like to share with the market, or would simply like to donate your time, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kelly Decker at 206-854-0143 or YouMakeQAFMGreat@qafma.net.

    We’ll give you the sneak peek at what’s on the agenda for the market’s grand opening next week, but in the meantime don’t forget to ‘like’ the market on its new Facebook page, and follow it on its new Twitter account.