The Lake City Lion’s Club

Lake City Lion’s Serving the Community Since 1940

There are so many people in the Community who are not aware of the incredible and positive impact that the Lake City Lions Club have had on the Lake City community. With the upcoming 12th Annual Olympic Hills Pancake Breakfast to benefit the school hosted by the Lions we thought we would share a little bit of the fantastic work the organization has done and continues to do in the neighborhood.

  • They built the Lake City Community Center through donations and volunteer efforts
  • Purchased a Medic Car for the Seattle Fire Department
  • Donated funds to the City of Seattle to build Albert Davis Park
  • Traded land to the City to build the Lake City Library
  • Built Virgil Flaim Park

Their work continues today supporting North Helpline, Sacajawea Elementary, Olympic Hills Elementary and Nathan Hale High School. This past year they recycled 1500 pairs of eyeglasses and 50 hearing aids and continue to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids for those in need. The Lions provide a health screening unit to three elementary schools for vision and hearing screening. They provided over 200 dictionaries to third graders at four local schools. They are the ones that hang the flags along Lake City Way and work to keep the planters stocked and maintained along the business corridor. They regularly hold the Lake City Flea Market and are the group behind the Annual Fright Night event. They award scholarships and host the Annual “Back to School Barbecue at Virgil Flaim in support of families served through the North Seattle Family Resource Center. From painting out graffiti to awarding a handful of scholarships each year the work they do is invaluable.

As you can see, we are very lucky to have the Lake City Lions in our Community. Next time you see a Lion please be sure to thank them for all they do and have done for Lake City. The Club is always looking for new members. If you are interested you can contact Gordy Smith at (206)639-8813

Lake City Lions – Pancake Breakfast to Support Olympic Hills Elementary – December 2nd from 9am-11am at the Lake City Community Center with live entertainment. $6 Adults/$4 Kids/$20 for families (2 adults and 2+ kids)


Changes at the Lake City Library

The Lake City Branch is one of the most heavily used libraries in the city with more than 220,000 patron visits last year. That’s enough people to fill Safeco Field five times! In 2018, The Seattle Public Library plans a major renovation of the Lake City Branch, expanding the amount of public space to meet the needs of the neighborhood.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation would like to invite you to a special briefing to learn about the project and how you can be part of the community campaign to renovate the library. Please join us for an informal meeting complete with small bites and beverages.

Monday, December 11
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Lake City Branch Library
12501 28th Ave. N.E.
Please rsvp to Sharon Griggins at or 206-386-4130
by December 8, 2017


2018 City Budget

Over $6 Million in New Investments for District 5

On November 21st, the City Council voted to approve the 2018 City budget. Below are a list of investments both in D5 and City wide that Council member Juarez shared in a recent email. In addition, our advocacy to bring the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program to the North Precinct took a huge leap forward. While the funding goal was not quite achieved for LEAD, there is still $750K identified to bring this extremely important program to North Seattle. Thank you to all who helped write letters in support of the Community Center and LEAD expansion.

District 5 – New Investments = $6,274,910

 Lake City Community Center Rebuild  $5,000,000
 Hubbard Homestead Park neighborhood planning  $35,000
 Sound Generation: Expansion of the Lake City and Northgate   “Senior Center Without Wall”  $60,000
 Aurora Commons: Expansion of outreach and drop-in services  $60,000
 Sweetened Beverage Tax – Increase funding for food banks*  $369,910
 Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) Expansion to SPD   North Precinct  $750,000

*Some of this funding will also be used to support food banks in other Council Districts

Continue reading “2018 City Budget”

Q & A with Diane Haugen, Community Connector


Q&A with Diane Haugen, former director of the Lake City Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce

Moving on to New Things

Diane Haugen, former Chamber and Community Center Director

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Diane Haugen at a local restaurant to talk about a changing Lake City, the meaning of community, and the joy of Alpacas. The former Executive Director of the Lake City/North Seattle Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Lake City Community Center has moved on to new work in a different neighborhood, but says she feels she will always be part of the Lake City community.

ELC: How long did you work at the Chamber and the Community Center?

Ten years for the Chamber and five at the Community Center.

Do you miss Lake City?

I do miss the community.  I drive through it every day though, and I’m not too far away, just in Meadowbrook. I go to restaurants in Lake City all the time so I really feel like I haven’t left.

The Lake City Community Center is located at 12531 28th Ave NE next to the library.

ELC: What did you like best about the work? 

I’ve met a lot of people and I have a lot of connections. I open windows for people. I like to put people together if they can help each other. At Chamber after hours, I’d find out what people needed — a caregiver, a salesman, etc.- and make introductions face to face. That is the part of the work that feeds me. Continue reading “Q & A with Diane Haugen, Community Connector”