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”

World Dance Party in Lake City

World Dance Returns to LC

  • Turkish, Lebanese and Persian dances
  • Dances from Mexico, India, China, Ethiopia and the U.S.
  • Children’s dances
  • The Limbo and the Electric Slide
  • The Cha Cha
  • Zhumba
  • And other fun dances from around the world!
 This event is organized by: Children’s Home Society of Washington/North Seattle Family Resource Center; Seattle Public Library; Hunger Intervention Program; Lake City Future First; Seattle Parks and Recreation, Lake City Youth Leaders, Lake City Seniors and community residents.

Halloween Festivities in Lake City

Record Numbers of Kids and Families Turn Out for 25th Annual Trick-or-Treat Walk

 

 

 

 

 

The North Seattle Family Resource Center in partnership with LCFF saw a big uptick in local business participation for the 25th Annual “Lake City Fright Night and Trick-or-Treat Walk”. Over 30 business took part this year but the big surprise was the over 700 kids and parents that came out for the event to fill Lake City way with little princesses, pirates, witches, super heroes and beyond. It was amazing to see so much participation and to watch as the Lake City Mini Park became abuzz with families from all over the neighborhood.The Lake City Lions did another amazing job of transforming the community center into a fun filled party with pizza and treats and lots to look at.

On Sunday, October 29th the fun continues with the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Palooza at the Kaffeeklatsch. LCFF again teamed up with Kaffeeklatsch, the LC Farmers Market, Hunger Intervention, North Helpline and the Watershed to bring back this fun event where we provide healthy snacks and pumpkin decorating for the kids.

Cleaning Party to Get over 100 Pumpkins Ready for the Event

 

25th Annual Trick or Treat Walk in LC

Over 700 Little Ghouls, Superheroes, Princesses & Pirates Descend Upon Lake City

Over 30 Lake City Businesses took part in the 25th Annual Trick-or-Treat Walk sponsored by the North Seattle Family Resource Center and LCFF. It was amazing to see LCW crowded with families on a gorgeous October evening. The turn out was more than we could have ever expected and was a sight to behold. Families had the opportunity to end the evening with the Lake City Lions at the LC Community Center for their annual “Fright Night Festivities” and some treats.

 

LCFF followed up the event on Sunday at the Kaffeeklatsch with partners; Hunger Intervention, EBB, Lake City Farmers Market, North Helpline and the Watershed Pub to hold the 2nd Annual Pumpkin Palooza. Volunteers from the businesses and organizations came together the night before to clean and prep over 100 pumpkins for the event. There was live music, healthy “Halloween themed” snacks, prizes and lots of creative pumpkin decorating going on. Big thanks to Annette and Brian from the Kaffeeklatsch, Chris with LCFF and Chuck Dickey from the Lake City Lions for procuring the pumpkins for this event and for kids at the North Seattle Family Resource Center. Don’t miss the event next year!

 

Buzzy Weekend in LC

Bees and Books

Observation Hive Courtesy of Rainy Day Bees
Observation Hive Courtesy of Rainy Day Bees

As part of the City’s “Park(ing) Day” event this year LCFF teamed up with Annette and the Kaffeeklatsch to create a pop up park that was all about bee conservation and the importance of bee health to our world. Many thanks to Peter with Rainy Day Bees who had honey tasting and a live hive on display. Also a big thank you to Christine Ranegger, a local bee hobbyist who brought her observation hive on Saturday and to Laura Matter from Seattle Tilth (http://www.seattletilth.org/) who came out to discuss bee friendly gardening and give away free seed packets.Thanks to our wonderful Children’s librarian, Nancy Pew, for stocking our bee park with a ton of great books on bees for kids. Environment Washington was also on hand Friday with their initiative “No Bees No Food” answering questions and pulling people in for the cause. parking-day-1

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Busker at “Bee Happy in Lake City”

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “pop up park” was in full swing on both Friday and Saturday. Saturday being a bit more challenged with Fall clearly announcing it’s presence in Lake City. Continue reading “Buzzy Weekend in LC”