I’d like to let you know about a wonderful woman, Diane Haugen, the executive director of the now North Seattle Chamber of Commerce.  It is largely due to her efforts and vision along with the board of directors of the chamber  that she now serves as the director of the Lake City Community Center.

Since the chamber took over the management of the community center earlier this year, many wonderful things have happened including the addition of many programs for children and adults, as well as a fresh new and warm look courtesy of Home Depot.

Diane has wanted to make the Community Center a showpiece of what Lake City can be.  Through her efforts,

Taproot Theater Company came to the center last Friday night and put on “A Christmas Carol”. Hors d'oeuvres were served and the place was packed for the pre-show holiday gathering. The children were so happy dipping goodies into the fountain of chocolate. When we were seated there were over 200 people in attendance.

Then came the actors. A grand total of four actors performed this rendition of the Dickens story. With no stage, sound, or special lighting, they were fabulous, and had us all mesmerized envisioning this story just as we remember it , but live! Our hearts were warmed, and our spirits brightened by this amazing event, just in time to welcome the holidays. 

This event and Diane, and the chamber’s work are truly serving to rebrand our community as it deserves to be—“A City by The Lake”.  So much can happen. All we need is a vision and each other.

Happy Holidays!

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