QUEEN ANNE BOOK CO.
The Queen Anne Book Co. will host a series of free events: Open-mic poetry night, on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m.; Rose Alley Press poetry reading, on April 14 at 7 p.m.; Children’s story time with author Liz Wong (“Quackers”), on April 17 at 1 p.m.; Queen Anne author Steve Toutonghi’s launch party for “Join,” on April 21, 7 p.m.; Children’s author Mark Holtzen (“To the Pennant”), on April 24 at 3 p.m.; Poets Hannah Faith Notess (“The Multitude”) and Amelia Martens (“The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat”), on April 28 at 7 p.m. Information: www.qabookco.com or (206) 284-2427
The Interbay Artwalk takes place April 8 (second Friday), with various artists at Interbay Worklofts (1631 15th Ave. W.). Information: www.grayskygallery.com/#/artwalk
FREE SCREENING: “WALL-E”
Magnolia Library (2801 34th Ave. W.) will host a free screening of “Wall-E” on Saturday, April 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Information: (206) 386-4225
MAGNOLIA/QUEEN ANNE DISTRICT COUNCIL
The district council will meet next on April 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. (second Monday of each month, except August and November. Locations alternate between Magnolia and Queen Anne. Information: Laurie Ames, (206) 684-0320 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMELESSNESS IN THE NORTHWEST
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (440 Fifth Ave. N.) will host a community discussion about homelessness on Tuesday, April 12, from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. Speakers include storytellers Timothy Bell and Zaneta Reid, Mockingbird Society’s Annie Blackledge and LifeWire’s Maria Williams. Register: bit.ly/visitorcenter-cal
ALZHEIMER’S LGBT CAREGIVER GROUP
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts an LGBT caregiver support group on April 12 (second Tuesday), from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Uptown. Information: Jan Leonard, (206) 794-4047 or www.alzwa.org
QACC PARKS COMMITTEE
The Queen Anne Community Council’s Parks Committee will meet at Queen Anne Manor (100 Crockett St.) on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m., to discuss all things parks-related. Information: Don Harper, (206) 281-9018
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN STORYTELLING
Jake Esau will share stories by Hans Christian Andersen in an intergenerational event at The Hub at Bayview Manor (11 W. Aloha St.) on Wednesday, April 13, at 10 a.m. Information: www.bayviewcommunity.org
HISTORY OF THE MAGNOLIA BRIDGE
The Magnolia Historical Society (MHS) and the Magnolia Community Council are co-sponsoring a meeting on “History of the Magnolia Bridge: Then and Now” on April 14. It will include presentations on the bridge’s past history and future replacement. It will take place at Magnolia Lutheran Church (2414 31st Ave. W.) from 7 to 9 p.m. Birthday cupcakes will be served in honor of MHS’ 15th year.
FREE TAX PREPARATION, E-FILING
IRS-certified tax counselors will assist taxpayers in preparing and e-filing tax returns on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through April 15, at the Magnolia Community Center (2550 34th Ave. W.). Appointment: (206) 386-4235. Also available on drop-in basis on Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m., through April 13; and Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m., through April 16, at the Queen Anne Library (400 W. Garfield St.). No age or income restrictions; tax forms must be started one hour before closing.
COMMUNITY BLOOD DRIVE
Queen Anne Boy Scout Troop 70 is sponsoring a community blood drive for whole blood and platelets-only on April 16 at the Queen Anne United Methodist Church (1606 Fifth Ave. W.), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this drive, you can choose to give whole blood or platelets. Walk-ins welcome. Appointment: www.psbc.org (select “BSA Troop 70 – Queen Anne Community” blood drive). Information: Jim Grane, (206) 282-6861
GALLERY CONCERTS: MUSICA BELLA
Gallery Concerts presents Musica Bella, an Italian Baroque extravaganza, on April 16 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 at 3 p.m. at Queen Anne Christian Church (1316 Third Ave. W.). Information: www.galleryconcerts.org
The Uptown Alliance will have a clothing drive for the new men’s shelter at 157 Roy St. during the Counterculture at Counterbalance Park (700 Queen Anne Ave. N.) event on April 17, from noon to 3 p.m. Items needed include new socks and underwear; used pants, dress shoes and multi-blade disposable razors.
ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
The Alzheimer’s Association hosts a caregiver support group on April 19 (third Tuesday), from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 100 W. Harrison St., Suite N200 (North Tower). Information: Linda Whiteside, (206) 529-3875 or www.alzwa.org
UPTOWN ART WALK
The Uptown Art Walk has a rotating group of merchants featuring artists and vendors, on the third Thursday of the month, from 6 to 8 p.m.; the next one takes place April 21. Information: www.uptownartwalk.org
Fountainhead Gallery (625 W. McGraw St.) will exhibit painter Valerie Collymore’s landscapes, seascapes and harbor views in the exhibit “Oil Paintings from Provence: Landscapes, Seascapes and Wooden Boats.” It runs through April 30. Information: (206) 285-4467
QUEEN ANNE ART WALK
The Queen Anne Art Walk takes place May 7 (first Saturday) in the businesses along McGraw and Crockett streets between Sixth and Seventh avenues, from 4 to 7 p.m.
UPTOWN ALLIANCE MEETING
The Uptown Alliance will meet on May 12 (second Thursday every other month). The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Expo Apartments’ community room (118 Republican St.).
GREAT DECISIONS DISCUSSION GROUP
Great Decisions, a foreign policy discussion group, will meets every other Tuesday for eight free sessions, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. through May 31, at the Magnolia Library (2801 34th Ave. W.). Topics include Middle East alliances, ISIS, the Kurds, migration, the Koreas, the United Nations, climate change and Cuba and the United States. Information: Cathy Van Dyke, (206) 940-8168
YOGA FROM THE WEB
The Queen Anne Community Center (1901 First Ave. W.) is offering its new Yoga from the Web class, with instructional videos and more, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Information: (206) 386-4240
TOAST OF THE TOWN TOASTMASTERS
Toast of the Town Toastmasters meet on Thursdays to practice public speaking skills in a friendly and welcoming environment. The meetings take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Queen Anne United Methodist Church (1606 Fifth Ave. W.). Information at www.toastofthetowntoastmasters.org
MAGNOLIA CARD AND BOARD GAME CLUB
The Magnolia Card and Board Game group meets every Monday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Serendipity Café (3222 W. McGraw St.). Information: Judy, (206) 284-3911; Annette, (206) 285-3717
ROTARY CLUB OF MAGNOLIA
The group meets for lunch meetings at noon on Thursdays at Palisade restaurant (2601 W. Marina Place). Free parking available. Guest speakers at each meeting. Information: magnoliarotary.org
EMERALD CITY TOASTMASTERS
The Emerald City Toastmasters meet every Thursday at noon at the Belltown Community Center (415 Bell St.) to help people overcome their speaking fears and improve communication skills. Information: Kathleen Klein, (206) 781-2615; or tinyurl.com/aut+4u4
SENIOR INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE
The Magnolia Community Center (2550 34th Ave. W.) is offering Senior Intermediate Bridge (Party and Duplicate) on Wednesdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Register/information: Janet Ray, (206) 300-8559
FOOT CARE THURSDAYS
The Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave. N.W.) has a foot-care specialist providing care on Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an appointment, call (206) 297-0403.
FREE ESL LESSONS
Free, individual ESL lessons are available, with flexible scheduling. Information: Delores, (206) 323-3625