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”

1st Annual Pumpkin Palooza

Super Fun Event at the Kaffeeklatsch kaffeeklatschseattle.com

LCFF partnered with Kaffeeklatsch, Hunger Intervention, Lake City Farmers Market, the Watershed Pub, Mojito and Elliott Bay Brewery to conduct the first annual “Lake City Pumpkin Palooza”. Attendance was fantastic and the Kaffeeklatsch owners and staff did a tremendous job to put on another wonderful community event in the neighborhood. pumpkin-palooza-pumpkinsKids of all ages came out to work their artistry and create a wonderful array of decorated pumpkins. Prizes were provided by Mojito, Watershed, the Farmers Market and Elliott Bay with snacks from Hunger Intervention. Molly from the Farmers Market with here bag of tricks for decorating and enhancing the artistic expression that abounded. There were goody bags for all the little artists and prizes by age groups. LCFF was proud to supply decorating tools and the “Pumpkin Palooza Trophy” that will reside at the Kaffeeklatsch with the name of the grand champion in the adult category engraved on it.

Musicians were on hand to entertain the crowd with some traditional German music courtesy of Kaffeeklatsch.pumpkin-palooza-musicians

We are hopeful that this event takes it’s place as another Lake City tradition. It certainly got off to a great start. Don’t miss next year and remember that it is never too early to start thinking about your winning jack-o-lantern. pumpkin-palooza-hippumpkin-palooza-outside