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!

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

The 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.

Volunteers 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!

Help bring back our bees! Wolf Creek Ravine restoration work needs volunteers

Empty Bee Spot

Beehive spot sans beehive – but they’ll be back!

Last week on a walk through the Queen Anne P-Patch, I noticed that the beehive was gone. A fixture of the P-Patch, the hive has been literally buzzing lately with summer bloom activity, so it seemed odd that it disappeared.

I emailed my P-Patch contacts and got in touch with the hive steward. Good news – the hive will be back, it’s been relocated to West Seattle in preparation for a restoration of Wolf Creek Ravine, the natural space that borders the P-Patch to the north.

Wolf Creek Ravine blackberries

Blackberries and knotweed to the north of the P-Patch

The Green Seattle Partnership project is focused on the Wolf Creek Ravine Natural Area, where blackberry vines and invasive knotweed will be removed and replaced with native plantings.

The team also met with P-Patchers to get their feedback, and they suggested a realignment of the fence along the east edge of the P-Patch. The blackberries will remain as a buffer to the neighboring homes, but sight lines in the P-Patch will be improved with the fence move. You can see the fence realignment in the map below, the pink dashed line is the existing eastern fence-line, the dashed green is the new fence line for the P-Patch:

QA P Patch plan

The same wire and post fencing along the north of the P-Patch will be removed for the Wolf Creek Ravine work. In the aerial image you can see the work area outlined in orange:

Wolf Creek NA

The Green Seattle Partnership can’t do this work without volunteers – and this is where you can help make a difference. Attend a meeting next Thursday, September 4th at 5:30pm to discuss the plans and provide feedback. The meeting will be held at the P-Patch at 3rd Ave N and Boston St. Volunteers are welcome (and needed) to help with the restoration.

Work on Wolf Creek will begin shortly after the public meeting, and knotweed control should be complete by early Fall. The project length will be dependent on volunteers – so consider helping out and attend next week’s meeting. With volunteer help, work on the steeper part of the ravine could happen as early as next summer.

And, the bees will return home soon thereafter!

Queen Anne Fun Run is less than 3 weeks away and volunteers are needed

The annual Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run/Walk is two and a half weeks away! If you’re not running or walking on July 12th, you can still participate! Obviously, you can cheer people on, but how about helping out with safety?

QAH Fun Run 2014You can volunteer to be a crossing guard for the Fun Run – helping out the Helpline and keeping the event a safe one. The organizers needs 15 crossing guards, and all you need to do is volunteer your Saturday morning time to a good (and fun) cause.

Crossing guards need to be available between 7am and 9:30am on Saturday, July 12th. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Ann Pearce at 206-284-0604 or via email.

If you want to run or walk, registration is open through July 10th. The fee for runners or walkers is $25, and kids ages 5 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the Helpline and you get a t-shirt too!

The Fun Run benefits the Helpline, so consider running, walking, or volunteering to help out!

Mark your calendars for Queen Anne Days and volunteer to help make it happen

One of the signature Queen Anne community events is the annual Queen Anne Days. Last year, the Queen Anne Helpline Fun Run kicked off the day, the kiddie parade marched down 1st Ave W, the merchant Sidewalk Sale lined Queen Anne Ave N, and Big Howe field was home to a car show, booths, and live entertainment.

This year, Queen Anne Days will be July 12 and 13, and it’ll include the usual events – but, a big change this year will be the addition of food trucks, kids bands, 20+ booths with games and interactive events.

In addition to being a fun community event, Queen Anne Days also raises funds for the Queen Anne Community Center (QACC) and Queen Anne Helpline. This year, the team running the event is also seeking volunteers to help make the community festival fun for all.

Here’s this year’s schedule:

Saturday Schedule

  • 8:00am – 9:30am – Fun Run
  • 10:00am to 6:00pm – Sidewalk Sale, Queen Anne Avenue N
  • 11:00am to 12:00pm – Kiddie Parade
  • 12:00pm to 4pm – Community Festival on Big Howe Playfield

Sunday Schedule

  • 10:00am to 6:00pm – Sidewalk Sale, Queen Anne Avenue N

And, finally, that call for volunteers. Queen Anne Days is seeking both families and individuals to help out this year. The organizers are also looking for booth participants who’d like to showcase their local business.

If you’d like to host a booth or volunteer to help out, contact Barcy Fisher via email.

Join Queen Anne Greenways this Tuesday for its first Fall meeting

QA Greenways LogoThe Queen Anne Greenways community group took a summer break from meeting in August, but it’s time to kick off Fall! The first meeting of the new season is this Tuesday, September 24th at the Queen Anne Library meeting room.

The meeting runs from 6:30-7:45pm, and this month the meeting agenda includes Seattle Greenways’ Heather Trim and SDOT’s Jennifer Wieland. Heather will update the group on Greenways progress and Jennifer is the Program Development Lead of the Public Space Management Program, Street Use and Urban Forestry. She’ll help educate the group on how to work with SDOT and understand public use of spaces.

Queen Anne Greenways has already made progress with the new pedestrian signal at Highland and Queen Anne Ave N. Everyone is invited to join Queen Anne Greenways and help make Queen Anne safer for all, just show up on Tuesday!

Call for volunteers – the Queen Anne Food Bank needs your help

If you’re looking for a new volunteer opportunity that helps our community, the Queen Anne Food Bank needs volunteers for its sack lunch program and afternoon greeter staffing.

The QAFB runs a sack lunch program, and it needs volunteers to make sandwiches for these lunches. QAFB sandwich makers are on a crew of 2-3 volunteers that put together sandwiches for the daily sack lunch program that serves over 100 lunches per day. Right now, they need volunteers for the Wednesday morning crew (6:30am-8am).

If that’s too early in the day for you, but you’d still like to chip in, the QAFB also needs volunteers to staff the QAFB on Thursday afternoons (1:45pm-4pm), ensuring a welcoming environment for those in need.

Contact Florence McCafferty via email or at 206.216.4102 for more information or to volunteer your time.

Want to become a volunteer Seal Sitter?

When a seal or sea lion makes its way to one of our beaches, Seal Sitters is one of the first to be called. With pupping season in full swing, rookeries and pups have already started visiting Seattle beaches.


“Sparky,” a seal pup in 2010 that was rehabilitated. Photo courtesy Marilyn, a volunteer with the Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Seal Sitters relies on volunteers to keep watch on the pups throughout the season. If you’d like to become a Seal Sitter, the organization is hosting a new volunteer training session this Saturday, August 27 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Discovery Park Visitor Center. Seal Sitters’ Robin Lindsey says that September and October are the busiest time for the organization, so new volunteers are always needed.

For more details read the full story at our sister site MyBallard.com.

John Hay chorus seeks singers for Earth Day event

The John Hay Chorus has been invited to perform at two Earth Day events, coming up on Saturday, April 16. However, because Earth Day is also the first day of spring break, many of the students in the chorus will be out of town and unable to perform. Therefore the chorus is looking for temporary singers, between 2nd and 5th grades, to fill in for the two events.

Anyone who loves to sing and wants to perform and represent John Hay to the community is welcome.  No fee will be charged – we just need singers!

Rehearsals for the Earth Day events will be held on Tuesday mornings, from 8:15- to 9:00 a.m. on March 22, March 29, April 5 and April 12. The two performances will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information on the chorus and how to get involved, contact Suzanne Grant at suzgrant@uswest.net.

FOLKpark hosting rummage sale to benefit Lower Kinnear Park, looking for community donations

Friends of Lower Kinnear Park (FOLKpark) and the Uptown Alliance are hosting a rummage sale next month to raise money for the redevelopment of Lower Kinnear Park, an effort that has been several years in the making by the FOLKpark community volunteers. (Peruse our past coverage of FOLKpark’s work to redesign and clean up Lower Kinnear Park here).

While the rummage sale won’t take place until the last weekend of February (Friday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, Feb. 27), but FOLKpark is already collecting donations to be sold at the sale. The rummage sale will be held at 512 1st Ave N in Lower Queen Anne. Community members who’d like to donate their old stuff to FOLKpark for the rummage sale should contact Jean Sundborg at 206-283-6140 and arrange a time to bring their donations to the sale site.

FOLKpark is also looking for volunteers work the days of the sale, and in the weeks coming up to the event, helping to prepare. If you’d like to volunteer, reach out to FOLKpark via its Facebook page, or by calling the number above.