Hop over to Ballard’s Peddler Brewing Co on Wednesday to support the Queen Anne Farmers Market

It’s been a long winter. And, the wettest winter since record-keeping began 122 years ago. Is there relief in sight? Yes, it’s going to be warm tomorrow (or so we’re promised) – and you can help usher in summer by supporting the Queen Anne Farmers Market! It’s only a month away! June 1st!

Head over to Ballard tomorrow, Wednesday, May 3rd to support the QAFM with a shindig at Peddler Brewing Company. It’s Pint Night and $1 of every pint will be donated to QAFM. Plus, there will be a raffle wheel with fun prizes and the new QAFM posters will be for sale at a discount.

Peddler Brewing Company has beer and a great outdoor space for the weather we’ve all been waiting for, plus it’s kid and pet friendly and one of QAFM’s new rotating food trucks, Papa Bois Food Truck, will be on hand for bites.

Head over the Ballard Bridge tomorrow to Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 Leary Way, from 4pm to 10pm, and get ready for market season!

El Diablo a featured coffeehouse in a nationwide Coffee Fundraiser For The ACLU

This weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, coffeehouses across the city and country are participating in a nationwide Coffee Fundraiser For The ACLU. Here on Queen Anne, you can support the ACLU by getting your caffeine fix at El Diablo:

Get ready for Targy’s Halloween Costume Ball and help local schools too

targys2016halloweenposter-withqae-printv2The kids have Halloween on Queen Anne Ave, but the holiday certainly isn’t exclusive to little ghouls and goblins on Queen Anne. For those 21 and over, Targy’s Tavern is hosting a Halloween Costume Ball next Friday, October 28th with live DJs spinning tunes for a Halloween dance party. Plus, proceeds go to local elementary schools, so the kids benefit too.

Last year, Targy’s hosted a Halloween costume party that ended up being a great Queen Anne community event. They’re doing a repeat performance this year, and the suggested $10 donations benefit John Hay Elementary, Coe Elementary, and Queen Anne Elementary. So, while you’re grooving to tunes spun by Queen Anne’s own three-person DJ crew, SpaceStation206, you’ll also be helping out our local schools.

Each of the SpaceStation206 DJs has a unique style, so in addition to Halloween themed songs like Thriller and Ghostbusters, they’ll also play a mix of both current dance songs and old school 80s and 90s classics – last year, a conga line formed for Lionel Ritchie’s All Night Long.

The Halloween dance party begins at 9pm at Targy’s Tavern, 600 West Crockett St, with voluntary $10 donations accepted at the door. Costumes are encouraged!

Get your costume ready and head to Targy’s Halloween Dance Party next Friday!

U-Pick Lavender Sale at Interbay P-Patch starts this weekend

lavendar interbayThis weekend kicks off two weekends in a row of the annual Interbay P-Patch U-Pick Lavender Sale. The P-Patch gardeners have over 14 varieties of lavender to cut, perfect for culinary uses, bouquets, potpourri, or just some simple purple beauty.

The P-Patch will have scissors on hand for cutting and ribbons for tying up bundles of lavender. Bundles cost $4 for a small bundle and $6 for a large bundle. The proceeds help keep the P-Patch going strong.

At the sale, you can also purchase lavender products such as wands, wreaths, sachets, and  lavender cookies.

Stop by the Interbay P-Patch at 2451 15th Ave W this weekend (July 2nd and 3rd) or next weekend (July 9th and 10th) between 10am and 4pm to pick some lavender and tour the Interbay P-Patch.


Sponsored Post: Queen Anne resident rides in Obliteride to help cure cancer

The post below is a sponsored post from Obliteride, the Fred Hutch fundraiser to help find the cure for cancer.


“I sat by my mom’s side each day of her last month of life, before passing, altogether too young, from cancer.“

Matthew Caprio – Queen Anne Resident

Losing his mother to cancer was a devastating and life-changing experience for Matthew Caprio. “Her death had a profound effect on me,” said Matthew. “During that time I decided I would find ways to live a healthier lifestyle and to do more to help other people and their families struggling with cancer to prevent experiences like my mom’s. Obliteride is one of those ways.”

Matthew is riding 50 miles this summer in Fred Hutch’s Obliteride. He says he considers himself a novice rider. “Obliteride gives me the confidence and motivation to accomplish something bigger, both for myself, and for those who can’t,” said Matthew.

This is Matthew’s first organized ride and he’s been thrilled by the support Obliteride gives to riders, long before the ride. “Obliteride provides training schedules and fundraising tools to get me ready for the big day. Knowing there are dedicated support crews distributed along the routes and rest stops for food, water and mechanical support, gives me the peace of mind that I can stretch myself and yet have a safety net in case something pops up.”

Obliteride 2015Obliteride

Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for life-saving cancer research in just three years. Every dollar riders fundraise goes directly to Fred Hutch.

“These funds are vital to our work toward cancer cures,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “There’s a very real urgency now as we are on the verge of breakthroughs. For example, our scientists have seen extraordinary success using a patient’s own immune cells to make cancer literally vanish, even in patients with the most advanced stages of disease. It’s unprecedented. Fundraising efforts like Obliteride help us cure cancer faster.”

The need for cures is urgent and the facts are scary. One out of three women and half of all men will be diagnosed with cancer. This year, nearly 70,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the Northwest alone. 

Join Obliteride – the movement to cure cancer faster

Obliteride has routes for everyone from rookies to road warriors. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering.

To be part of this exciting event on Aug. 14, 2016, sign up to ride 10-165 miles or volunteer at obliteride.org.

If you would like to donate to Matthew’s ride, go to his personal fundraising page. http://bit.ly/24u2THG

Sixth annual Lorentz Place offer-only yard sale is Saturday

LorentzThis Saturday, the neighbors along Lorentz Place are hosting their sixth annual yard sale. What makes this yard sale different from others on Queen Anne? All proceeds go to benefit the Dwankhozi Community School in Zambia and there are no set prices – buyers make offers on every single item.

The multi-family sale runs from 9am to 3pm (no early birds!) along Lorentz Place N. You can find this lovely dead-end street near the McGraw Bridge, near the intersection of McGraw Place & 2nd Ave N.

What can you find at the sale? Items include gently worn clothing, shoes, toys, furniture, books, tools, baby items, bicycles, camping gear, sporting equipment, jewelry, and household decor.

In addition to the offer-only items, you can also buy tasty baked goods and Glassy Babies. The Glassy Babies are not part of the offer-only sale, but instead, Glassy Baby will donate a portion of the proceeds to Dwankhozi Hope.

Make your plans now to stroll along a hidden gem street on Queen Anne, find your treasures, make an offer, and help a charity at the same time.

Three Queen Anne restaurants to participate in Dining Out for Life this Thursday

Dining Out For LifeThe annual Dining Out for Life is this Thursday, April 28th, and this year, three Queen Anne restaurants are participating to help raise funds for Lifelong.

On Thursday, over 100 restaurants in the Seattle metro area will donate 30-50% of their proceeds to Lifelong’s Chicken Soup Brigade food program that feeds people fighting hunger and illness in the community.

Plan on eating at McMenamins Queen Anne, The Other Coast Café, or Lloyd Martin this Thursday if you want to stick around the neighborhood and help out Lifelong. If you’ll be venturing further afield for lunch or dinner, you can search for participating restaurants online.

This year, McMenamins is repeating its performance as a Golden Fork restaurant, which means that it’s donating 50% of the day’s proceeds to Lifelong.


Dining Out for Life runs all day Thursday, so plan on eating lunch and/or dinner out to help Lifelong.

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.

Participating 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.

Gilman Gardens is hosting a beer garden and bake sale fundraiser this Saturday

Gilman Gardens satelliteWe’ve posted on Gilman Gardens in the past, and pretty recently too when they had plots available (and, heads up gardeners, there is still one available). Now, they’re planning a bake sale and beer garden to help raise funds for the community-run gardens at 2272 Gilman Drive West.

The event runs from 10am to 4pm at the Gilman Gardens this Saturday, July 11th, and everyone is welcome. Funds raised will help the gardeners at Gilman Gardens buy a water cistern – why is this important? Unlike official City of Seattle P-Patches, Gilman Gardens is all volunteer-operated, and there is no water plumbed to the site. Gardeners have to “bring their own” water, and the water cistern and soaker hose system will help them water them keep the community berry patch alive and available to everyone.

Gilman Gardens Sale

While the beer garden is 21+ only, the day’s events are also kid-friendly, with garden tours to teach both young and old about organic urban farming. Plus, the garden in on the route for Saturday’s Seattle Tilth Chicken Coup Tour, so there’ll be chickens too.

Gilman Plot signOnce an abandoned lot, Gilman Gardens was born in 2005 when neighborhood resident Charlie Hoselton asked the City of Seattle for permission to turn an abandoned SDOT lot into a community garden. Now, it’s a great place for gardening, hanging out, picnicking, and snacking on fresh, organic berries.

Any funds above and beyond what it takes for the water system will go toward a new picnic table. Stop by Gilman Gardens this Saturday, enjoy a beer, tour the garden, buy some baked goods and help support our neighborhood gardeners. Oh, and bring cash as it’s cash-only to partake.

Dine Out for Life this Thursday

Dining Out For Life 2015This Thursday, April 30th, Dining Out for Life returns for its 22nd year. The event is sponsored by BECU and includes almost 150 Seattle restaurants that donate 30-50% of the night’s proceeds to Lifelong.

Lifelong, the leading community health organization serving people with chronic illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, in Washington State, uses the donations to help fight hunger and illness in our community.

McMenaminsThree Queen Anne restaurants are participating this year – LloydMartin, Peso’s Kitchen and Lounge, and McMenamin’s. McMenamin’s is a “Golden Fork” restaurant, which means it’s donating 50% of its proceeds to Lifelong.

Diners who participate have the chance to win two domestic round-trip tickets, courtesy of Delta Airlines. And, of course, all diners will help out a great cause for Lifelong.