Queen Anne Chamber

It’s the middle of a sunny Seattle summer, so you’re probably not thinking about the Holiday Magic Tree Lights that line upper Queen Anne Avenue during the holiday season. But the Queen Anne Chamber is. 

Over the years, local businesses have chipped in to support these festive trees, and the chamber paid any costs not covered by donations, often as much as several thousand dollars per year. Unfortunately, we no longer have the budget to underwrite the cost of the holiday trees. 

To keep this beloved holiday tree-dition alive, the chamber has created a tree-mendous new community program. The Holiday Magic Tree Keepers Program gives Queen Anne businesses and residents the opportunity to showcase their community spirit by sponsoring — and saving — a holiday tree. For a $200 donation, Holiday Magic Tree Keepers will have their support recognized by special sponsorship signage on their tree during the 2014 holiday season. Laminated signage will include the name of the supporting business, family or individual. 

We’re still working out some of the details for the Holiday Magic Tree Keeper Program but wanted to get the word out early so that you can plan ahead

More information will be available soon at holidaytrees.lighting, or contact Charley Shore at cshore@live.com or (206) 412-5802 to learn more.

Also, the July Uptown Art Walk is also this Wednesday, July 16, starting at 5 p.m. 

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).

With the goal of promoting local commerce, local emerging and established artists and public access to the arts, the Queen Anne Chamber partnered with local merchants and volunteers to bring to the neighborhood this monthly community event. The art walk’s inaugural event was in March 2014, and it continues to grow each month. 

Generally hosted every third Wednesday of the month by a rotating group of merchants, the art walk features an eclectic array of art including paintings, spoken poetry, sculpture, jewelry, music performance and photography. 

Go to www.uptownartwalk.org for routes and other information.

— Charley Shore, executive director

Queen Anne Helpline

The 30th-annual Crown of Queen Anne Fun Run/Walk, benefiting the Queen Anne Helpline, took place on Saturday, July 12 — a gorgeous, sunny morning! 

More than 600 runners and walkers participated in this 5K race around the hill, raising a record $41,000 for the Helpline. 

A huge thank you to the many amazing volunteers, participants, generous sponsors and the fabulous team of Susan Belanich and Beamar Huetter, our volunteer co-chairs, who produce this fun and inclusive community event every year. 

A special thank-you to Pat Sobeck for creating a beautiful quilt with Fun Run T-shirts dating back 30 years — wow!

Congratulations to the following race winners:

•Women — Claire McGowan;

•Men — Ben Sauvage;

•Girls 12 and younger — Claudia Hanett;

•Boys 12 and younger — Yale Bonnet; and

•Team — King & Oliason.

A full list of runners and their times will be posted on our website soon (www.QueenAnneHelpline.org).

We are part of a wonderful, supportive community of neighbors looking out for each other, and the Helpline is so fortunate to be the beneficiary of this generosity and community spirit.

— Lisa Moore, executive director