Q&A with Diane Haugen, former director of the Lake City Community Center and the Chamber of Commerce
Moving on to New Things
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.
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 of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City” Passport Winners Awarded!
Thank you to all the wonderful businesses and all those that took part in the 4th year of our business promotion program, “The World of Tastes in the Heart of Lake City”. This years partnership with the Seattle Neighborhood Farmer’s Market Foundation helped to increase the awareness of the program.
This year our fist place winner was Mike Wotring. Mike admitted that his wife had done most of the work and that he benefited by “being along for the ride and all the great food Lake City has to offer”. Our 2nd place winner was Kerri Martinez who will enjoy one month of free yoga at Two Dog Yoga, a $25 gift card to Manila Manila and a $50 gift card to Elliott Bay Brewery. Third place went to Julia Engel who brought the whole family down to pick up their $50 gift card courtesy of the Seattle Farmer’s Markets. The first 20 people that turned in their passport with seven or more stamps also received $10 gift cards to the Farmers Markets.
Thank you to our sponsors, Kaffeeklatsch, Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Market, Two Dog Yoga, Manila Manila, and Elliott Bay for their generosity.
This program is a way to bring awareness and support to our local eating and drinking establishments at no cost to them. All part of “Enjoying Lake City”.
Look for some changes next year as we continue to try and engage more people in the program.
Seventy Two Lake City Community Members came out and braved a threatening Seattle rain on Earth Day to clean up, build community and enjoy some food and refreshments courtesy of Kaffeeklatsch and Elliott Bay Brewery. Participants were also treated to some free “Market Bucks” from our own Molly Burke with the Lake City Farmers Market.
Many people experiencing homelessness as well as families with young children, business owners, NE Seattle Rotary Members,