Friends of Magnolia Manor Park

The Friends of Magnolia Manor Park (FMMP) hosted an open house at the park on April 2, with the Preferred Site Plan graphics on display. Although the temperature was chilly and damp, interested neighbors and dog owners stopped by to say hello, grab a cup of Starbucks coffee or donate money. Many lucky winners of the prize drawings went home with cedar birdhouses and gift certificates for Magnolia Village businesses.

Are you interested in more green space in your neighborhood? FMMP is looking for fresh faces for its steering committee. This is a fun and organized group of people who want to share their skill at fundraising, grant writing, community building and grassroots politics. The steering committee’s goal is to complete the community-developed Preferred Site Plan for Magnolia Manor Park. 

The back story of Magnolia Manor Park focuses on the Preferred Site Plan, the product of the park’s first Department of Neighborhoods (DON) grant awarded in September 2010. Other DON and Parks grants have moved the process forward. Magnolia Manor Park includes separate elements (off-leash area, p-patch and open space), which the 2016 project will connect while completing 75 percent of the path around the reservoir (see our website for more details).

The future includes the east hill (final 25 percent) of Magnolia Manor Park. This project will involve applying for more grants (e.g., DON’s matching Small and Simple grants). Moving the remaining fence to encircle the reservoir will open potential egress/access to 26th Avenue West. 

Magnolia Manor Park may become a link in the walking loop of Lawton Park (and new playground), Lawton Elementary School and the Lawton Ravine path. 

The FMMP steering committee invites you to attend a monthly meeting. These meetings are scheduled as needed (see below for contact). Magnolia Manor Park is a member of the Magnolia Queen Anne Neighborhood District Council. 

Do you want more information about the park and the volunteers who support the park? Would you like to meet a Steering Committee member for coffee? Go to www.MagnoliaManorPark.org and click on “Contact” to complete the form with your request. 

— Carla Kotila, steering committee member

 

Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce

We welcome our new executive intern, Christopher Moreton, a marketing/social media major at Seattle Pacific University!

The chamber will award its Business Awards at its luncheon on Thursday, April 21. The winners include:

Large Business Award — Emerald Bay Equity’s Joe Geivett and Jim Towslee;

•Small Business Award — Le Reve Bakery and Café’s Andrea Nakata; and

•Community Service Award — Queen Anne Community Center.

The President’s Award winner will be named at the luncheon.

The May luncheon networking event will take place May 19 at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn (200 Taylor Ave. N.), sponsored by Umpqua Bank Queen Anne; check-in is at 11:15 a.m.

It’s never too early to sign up for the Craig Wilson Queen Anne Days. July 9 will have the Helpline Fun Run, the sidewalk sale for upper Queen Anne merchants and the festival (with proceeds going to the Queen Anne Community Center and the Queen Anne Helpline). 

Sponsor an event, booth or a bouncy house, or just join us for the kids ‘n’ doggie parade, live music and libation at the Beer, Wine and Cider Garden. Questions or interested in volunteering for this event? Email charley@QueenAnneChamber.org or call (206) 412-5802.

The kickoff for the 2016 Queen Anne Avenue Tree Lighting sponsorship is in May! Go to www.queenannechamber.org and click on the holiday lighted tree. You can have your name in lights and help continue a wonderful holiday tradition; to sponsor a tree at $215, contact charley@QueenAnneChamber.org. We need to sponsor more than 110 trees; without sponsorships, we cannot light the Avenue during the holiday season. 

We’ll be at the Queen Anne Farmers Market starting June 1 and throughout the summer to sign up sponsors. 

Don’t forget the second-annual, 17-foot tree lighting in the Towne Centre, which will kick off Holiday Magic/Shop Local in upper Queen Anne in December!

Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers for all of these events — we’re hoping to see your name added to the list!

— Charley Shore, executive director

 

Picture Perfect Queen Anne

Glorious color is everywhere you look. At Boston Street, bright-yellow daffodils are dancing in the sun under the ginkgo trees along the north side of Starbucks Coffee. We’re referring to this stretch of space as Ellen’s Daffodil Garden, for it was Ellen Monrad who expended much elbow grease digging into compacted soil to plant the bulbs Allan Rosenthal donated. 

Alongside the Galer Street stairs, the wisteria has just come into bloom. Delicate-looking lavender flowers are trailing along the rock wall. At street level, the yellow yarrow is popping and the Lenten roses are completing their flowering cycle.

At McGraw Street, the yucca plants of bright yellow and green form a striking contrast to the green and white of the Lenten roses and the silver-green leaves of the yarrow.

For a second year, Cedar Grove has donated 10 cubic yards of compost, which the Vertumni crew will spread over the gardens along Queen Anne Avenue at Galer, Boston and McGraw streets to enrich the soil, help conserve water and keep plant roots cool as we head into warmer weather. We are grateful to our community for once again making Cedar Grove’s generous donation possible. 

This year, for the first time, Picture Perfect Queen Anne will participate in GiveBIG on May 3. Sponsored by The Seattle Foundation, GiveBIG is a one-day, 24-hour online charitable giving event that raises funds for the many worthy nonprofit organizations in the Greater Seattle area. You can learn all there is to know about this event at givebig.seattlefoundation.org. 

— Margaret Okamoto, chairperson

 

Queen Anne Helpline

We are excited to announce a new case management service at the Helpline. Thanks to longtime volunteer Liz Spaulding, we are now beginning to offer case management on a limited basis. Our goal is to help individuals find ways to increase their self-sufficiency and, in doing so, decrease their need for outside assistance. 

Liz has an extensive background in social work, making her a natural fit for this much-needed service for our clients, who will now get assistance in completing applications, making employment connections or accessing other resources. Liz will work with a variety of clients, with a particular focus on families and seniors. 

We are thrilled to announce that initial funding for this program comes from a $5,000 grant from the Windermere Foundation. Thanks to the advocacy and support from our local Windermere offices, we have been able to expand our client services into this much-needed area.

Our first two community forums were a great success. These intimate gatherings of up to 16 people included business and community members, as well as staff and board members. 

After a quick tour of the clean and cheerful Helpline offices, with our shelves of packaged emergency food and the highly organized clothing bank, the group gathered over light snacks for a rich dialogue covering Helpline services, community questions and valuable feedback that was helpful to all who attended.

We thank everyone who participated. We plan on scheduling more forums in the future, so stay tuned.

Finally, two save-the-date announcements. May 3 is GiveBIG, The Seattle Foundation’s day of online giving where a percent of every dollar raised is matched. New this year, you can now schedule your donation in advance beginning April 18. To donate to the Helpline and support your neighbors in need, visit The Seattle Foundation website (www.seattlefoundation.org), search for “Queen Anne Helpline” and hit the “Donate” button.

July 9 is the Craig Wilson Memorial Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, the kickoff event to the Queen Anne Days celebration. Stay tuned for registration and other information.

— Lisa Moore, executive director