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.

World Dance Party in NE Seattle

1st Annual Couldn’t Have Been More Fun!

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November 18th brought the first “World Dance Party” to NE Seattle and it was not to be missed. The evening was an incredible night of sharing culture with each other through food, art and dance. Six scheduled dance instructions kept the night zipping along kicking off with none other than the “Chicken Dance”. As the evening progressed another set of impromptu dances came from attendants eager to share their cultural expression including a Turkish Folk Dance and some traditional Somali Dancing.

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World Dance Welcome Tree

 

Everyone enjoyed a fantastic feast made up of potluck dishes brought by attendants, donations from the Kaffeeklatsch and Mo and Lu Pasta and wonderful offerings from Stephen with the Hunger intervention program and the staff of the North Seattle Family Resource Center. In addition, participants were asked to fill out a leaf and attach it to the “You Are Welcome Here” tree identifying where people had come from. The Lake City Youth Leadership Program helped with set up and take down and also offered up a cool mask decorating station.

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LCFF was honored to take part in the event that was made possible through the Seattle Parks District’s “Recreation 4 All” initiative. Resources were available for individuals and families through several groups including the Office of Civil Rights and the ORCA card program. Partnering on the evening were the Children’s Home Society of Washington, Lake City Seniors, Lake City Branch of the Seattle Public Library, Hunger Intervention Program, LCFF, Seattle Parks and Department of Neighborhoods. Continue reading “World Dance Party in NE Seattle”

Time to Boogie

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World Dance comes to NE Seattle

November 18th from 6-9PM

Meadowbrook Community Center

View Flyer Here – Flyer

Join Children’s Home Society/North Seattle Family Resource Center, LCFF, Sound Generations/LC Seniors, the Lake City Library, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Seattle Parks and Rec for our first annual “World Dance” event. There will be free food, prizes, resource tables and instruction on dances from all over the world.

Call (206) 364-7930 for more information.

Visit the North Seattle Family Resource Center  Facebook page – NSFRC Facebook

“This project is funded by the Seattle Park District’s Recreation for All Initiative”.