COMMUNITY CORNER | June 15, 2016


The Magnolia Community Council (MCC) has announced its support of Mayor Ed Murray’s proposed ordinance allowing for increased multi-family zoning within Magnolia, increased height limits for multi-family developments, and additional housing near the vicinity of northeast Magnolia.

Understanding the need for an additional 50,000 new homes in Seattle over the next decade, including 20,000 affordable homes for low- and moderate-income people, the MCC believes that new zoning for multifamily developments within the Magnolia Community will enhance the Neighborhood Commercial and low-rise multi-family zones within Magnolia. Specifically, MCC supports the Mayor’s proposed increase in the height limits for multi-family developments in the Magnolia Village Neighborhood Commercial zone and increasing height limits and amounts of housing allowed in the multi-family zones in the vicinity of Gilman Avenue West.

In a recent letter to Seattle City Councilmember and Chair of the City Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, Rob Johnson, the MCC Co-President Bruce D. Carter writes, “We of the Magnolia Community Council find that the Mayor’s initial proposed ordinance meets our community’s goals and objectives.” Expanded housing in Northeast Magnolia will make a positive contribution toward solving the problem of housing affordability in greater Seattle. 

The full letter is available online at the MCC website. Specific zoning information for the Magnolia neighborhood can be found online at the City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections website:, click on Detailed Zoning checkbox at the bottom, on the left panel

— Aubrey Mandus, Communications Intern



The Queen Anne Chamber along with the Queen Anne Neighborhood Alliance and the Queen Anne Community Center & the Queen Anne Helpline are gearing up for the hottest event of the summer: Queen Anne Days honoring Craig Wilson’s vibrant life and volunteerism. This year’s festival is set for July 9.

Meet us at the West Howe Ball Field next to the Queen Anne Community Center.

From 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. is the kiddie and doggie parade, which is free for participants.

Meet at the stage on the West Howe Ball Field. Start walking at about 10:45 a.m. and at the end? Ice cream and puppy biscuits (I think you know who gets what …)

First, second, and third place winners of the doggie parade get medals! (It’s nothing like a biscuit, but it makes mom and dad proud)

There will be plenty of live music during the festival. In no particular order: Metropolis Dance Troupe, Tim Noah, Elvis, Ron Hippe, Blue Janes, G. Val Thomas, Alicia Healey, Betsy Olson & AnnaKen.

Totally rad cars from every era will participate in the annual car show.

Raffles will be held every other hour with prizes like Mariners tickets, Paramount Theater tickets, beautiful baskets filled with wonderful things that you might fancy.  Proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Community Center and Queen Anne Helpline

For kids, there will be games, prizes, a bouncy house, hula hoops, water balloons, sack races, frisbee golf, chalk art, huge bubbles, bungee runs, a dunk tank, and, last but not least, bouncy balls everywhere.

There will also be cotton candy, sno-cones, popcorn and, just maybe, snow in July.

Beyond those options there will be a food court, along with booths, events for seniors, and hydration stations.

Finally, the Beer, Wine & Cider Garden returns, surrounded by the Uptown and local art shows, and will feature Mac & Jack Beers, Seattle Cider, Baer Wines & Jones Soda.

There’s still time to volunteer! Be apart of this “fantastic” day. Go to www.queenannedays to get more information. Or email us at

— Charley Shore, executive director



Summer is here and that means it’s time for the Craig Wilson Memorial Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, renamed this year in memory of an amazing Helpline and community volunteer and activist, Craig Wilson, who passed away last January. Get out your running shoes, start stretching and join 600 of your friends and neighbors for this exciting and beloved community event. All ages and ability levels are welcome! It’s the most fun you’ll have at a fundraising event; All proceeds benefit the Queen Anne Helpline and neighbors in need.

The 5.5k (3.4 miles) Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. on July 9 and kicks off Queen Anne Days, a weekend long celebration of our amazing community. We’ve made some slight changes to the route this year to make it easier for everyone. The race will start at Eighth Avenue West and McGraw Street in front of Queen Anne Lutheran Church, the same location where day of registration and T-shirt pick up takes place.

Register in advance online by visiting our website:

Or visit us at the following locations (where you can also pick up your T-shirt if you already registered):

  • Queen Anne Farmers Market, 3:30 to 7 p.m., June 23, 30 and July 7
  • Magnolia Farmers Market, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 25 and July 2
  • Trader Joe’s Plaza, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 26

Of course, it takes a village of volunteers to make this event happen. If you would like to volunteer, please visit or call us: (206) 282-1540.

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Our deepest appreciation to Metropolitan Market, this year’s title sponsor, and HomeStreet Bank, presenting sponsor. We also want to thank the many other local businesses and organizations for their fantastic sponsorship support, everyone who donated exciting raffle items and prizes, and a special shout out to Queen Anne Lutheran Church for their generosity in opening their doors and hosting us every year.

Your participation helps keep families in their homes, food on the table and everyone’s basic needs met. We can’t do it without you – thank you!!


— Lisa Moore, executive director