Queen Anne Helpline

We are all still basking in the success of our 30th-annual Fun Run/Walk, where we raised a record $41,000. We now have photos up and have posted runners’ times; check these out on our website (www.QueenAnneHelpline.org).

With rents rising, many of our neighbors in Magnolia, Queen Anne and South Lake Union are just barely making it. So when something unexpected comes up, they are forced to make choices no one should be faced with, such as paying rent or buying food. The money raised through your Fun Run participation will go directly to our rental-assistance program to help address this growing need.

Thanks to everyone who participated this year! And a huge shout-out to our amazing sponsors, businesses large and small, who played a critical role in the success of this event. We want to especially recognize our top sponsors: HomeStreet Bank, Rainier Investments, Harper Electric, Metropolitan Market, Emerald Bay Equity and Steve Kennedy/RE/MAX.

We also greatly appreciate the many businesses, organizations and individuals who donated raffle items, food, drinks and services — all important contributions to making this such an enjoyable community event.

And last, but not least, our thanks and gratitude to our energetic volunteers who guarded the intersections, prepared and served food, distributed T-shirts, registered runners, marked the course, cleaned up and performed countless other tasks.

At the helm of this massive undertaking were our amazing leaders: Susan Belanich and Beamar Heutter. These two remarkable women tirelessly and graciously manage this event every year. Susan and Beamar, you are true Helpline heroes!

The willingness of our neighbors to step up and help in whatever ways are needed never ceases to amaze me; we are humbled and proud to be a part of such a caring community.

— Lisa Moore, executive director

Queen Anne Chamber

There are some new businesses coming soon to Upper Queen Anne.

In the New Towne Center (1908 Queen Anne Ave. N.): Union Bank, with manager Ariel Pidlaoan; Pharmaca; Paper Source; and Trader Joe’s.

Nana’s, a new Mexican restaurant, opened in early August in the long-vacant Emmer & Rye building at 1825 Queen Anne Ave. N. It’s so exciting to see new growth and businesses arriving for fall.

The Uptown Queen Anne parklet at 501 Queen Anne Ave. N. (at Queen Anne Avenue North and Republican Street) is coming soon. It made its goal of contributions, but I am sure they are still accepting money to help fund this project.

The campaign is starting to make the Holiday Tree lighting (usually paid for by the businesses and the chamber) a community-involved event. For information on how you can be a sponsor, contact Charley Shore at Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce at cshore@live.com. 

The Uptown Art Walk is a free monthly community event that celebrates the wealth and diversity of local art and businesses in the Uptown neighborhood (formerly known as Lower Queen Anne).

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce — along with this year’s title sponsor, BECU — has been partnering with local merchants and volunteers to bring you an interactive and family-friendly art experience. The Uptown Art Walk aims to promote local commerce, support emerging and established artists and provide ample public access to the arts.

It is hosted every third Wednesday of the month by a rotating group of merchants. Artists and vendors are welcome to apply to be part of future art walks.

The September Uptown Art Walk will be on the 17th; go to www.uptownartwalk.org for more information.

— Charley Shore, executive director