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Celebrate International Games day at the Seattle Public Library

November 18th, 2015 by Sara

Celebrate International Games Day by dropping in to play board games or video games at six locations of The Seattle Public Library. Most locations will host an event on Saturday, Nov. 21 – the official date for International Games Day:

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.

  • Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play an array of classic and new board games. Games will include Blokus, Carcassonne, Ticket to Ride, Jenga, Scrabble and more.

Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084.

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Teens and adults are invited to drop in and play Netrunner, a collectible card game that combines bluffing and strategy with a cyberpunk theme. Players can use the Library’s core Netrunner decks, or bring their own. Board games will also be available for children.

Magnolia Branch, 2801 34th Ave. W., 206-386-4225.

  • Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play classic board games. Games will include Scrabble, Battleship, Jenga, Clue and more.

Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.

  • 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Teens are invited to drop in and play board and video games. Board games will include Exploding Kittens, Apples to Apples, Balderdash, Fluxx, Munchkin, Pictionary, Twister and Zombie Dice. Video games for the Wii and Xbox 360 will include Mario Kart, Super Smash Brothers Brawl, Dance Central and Kinect Sports.

Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St., 206-386-4227.

  • 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 – Children, teens and adults are invited to drop in and play classic and new board and card games. Games will include Munchkin Treasure Hunt, Chinese checkers, chess, Sorry, Clue, Uno and more.

Library events are free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available at the branches.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask A Librarian.

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’tis the season for power outages…are you ready?

November 17th, 2015 by Sara

In the Pacific Northwest, winter storms are common and they often cause power outages.  Seattle City Light crews often work around the the clock in difficult conditions to restore power quickly and safely, and have the following recommendations for how to help in an outage:

To Prepare

  • Have an emergency kit on hand that includes a flashlight with batteries, glow-in-the-dark stick lights, wind-up clock, portable radio, manual can opener and mylar blanket.
  • Also stock drinking water (one gallon per person per day), dry and canned food, first aid materials, prescribed medications and additional blankets.
  • Know how to manually override your electric garage door.
  • If you live in a secured building, know which exit door to use during an outage.


  • Keep trees around wires trimmed. Wind, snow and ice can depress branches and endanger power lines. During storms, expect “bumps” (momentary outages caused by branches brushing against power lines) and outages. For more information, call 206.386.1902 or visit City Light’s Vegetation Management Web page.
  • Unplug sensitive electronic equipment because power surges or outages may be a danger during storms.

During a Power Outage

  • Dress in layers to conserve body heat.
  • Do not use candles as a light source nor any open flame as a heat source.
  • Do not use charcoal briquettes indoors.
  • Close doors, windows, curtains and unused fireplace dampers to keep heat from escaping.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to keep food fresh. A full refrigerator will maintain safe temperatures for up to six hours; a full freezer for up to two days. Discard at-risk refrigerated foods that are warmer than 45 degrees F. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Check your home alarm system. Some home alarm systems are triggered by power outages.
  • If used incorrectly, generators pose a significant hazard to both the user and crews attempting to restore power. Never plug them in to feed power to your home circuitry. Instead, plug appliances and fixtures directly into the outlets of the generator. Be sure to use generators in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use hot water sparingly. Most hot water tanks will retain heat for up to 24 hours.
  • Switch electrical appliances off when the power goes out to prevent fires and equipment damage during prolonged outages. Leave one or two lights on to let you know when service is restored.
  • When power is restored, turn on electrical appliances gradually. Sudden heavy consumption can damage the electrical system and extend the outage.

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Alternative Gift Market

November 12th, 2015 by Sara

Doing some holiday shopping and want to avoid the mall? Check out the Alternative Gift Market, December 5th from  9am to 4pm at  Elim Baptist Church (2410 N 46th st).

Here are just a few of the items you can expect:

Starfish Fund Raising – Ethiopian coffee

NPH International – Guatemalan Nativities

Life and Hope – Guatemalan coffee and scarves

Questions? Linda Galle 206-491-7850


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It’s Election Day – Vote!

November 3rd, 2015 by Sara

From Mike at our sister site Maple Leaf Life


You’ve had that ballot for weeks.

It has to be postmarked by today to be counted in this year’s general election.

As we wrote in October:

Seattle’s first-in-a-century election of city council members by district is the focus of our upcoming November general election.

But the ballot also features the largest levy in Seattle history, more than doubling the size of the transportation levy it replaces.

Today Crosscut has a piece looking at six things to watch in Seattle and statewide.

For an off-year election, there’s a lot riding on what voters decide today in Seattle, King County, and Washington state. An historically large tax levy is on the ballot in Seattle, as is new money for children’s programs in King County and a new attempt to require a two-thirds majority for state tax increases, which could have enormous implications for the state’s finances.

If ballot returns are any indication so far, these decisions will be made by less than half of registered voters.

Specifically on the transportation levy:

If Mayor Ed Murray’s $930 million transportation levy package passes, it will be spun as a continuation of the norm for Seattleites, proof that we’ll say yes to any new property tax. But if it fails, the implications are pretty enormous.


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Get ready for Trolloween

October 28th, 2015 by Sara

From The Fremont Arts Council :

Trolloween is the birthday party for the Fremont Troll. The celebration party starts at 7 PM sharp on HALLOWEEN OCTOBER 31st, and after the performance, marches away through the community en mass.

Trolloween’s performances have included variety/comedy shows, dramas of trolls, musicals about trolls, Greek myths, Dr. Faust, Dante’s Inferno, Scottish folktales, and Don Juan. With comedy, drama, dance, songs, and special effects, a fractured version is emerge again to entertain the many masked and costumed attendees. A costume walk over the stage will occur before the annual Haunt of Fremont, a march around Fremont with a band and all in outrageous costumes.

Come before 7pm and march away by 8pm, or be left in the settling dust and lingering sounds of their rebellious laughter. And join them after the procession for TROLL-A-GOGO, a Fun-raiser for the Fremont Arts Council. Join them at Fremont Doric Hall at 619 N 36th St for a costume contest and dance party! Music by Legendary Tiny Giants and a bar featuring OUTLANDER BREWING! It’s free for FAC members and Troll-o-ween volunteers and $5 for public. Become a member HERE.

Email to get involved!

Come to a Troll-o-ween Workshop!

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The Sweet Spot hosts third annual coat drive

October 26th, 2015 by Sara

The Sweet Spot in Fremont is once again collecting new and gently used coats to donate to the International Rescue Committee a non-profit which provides emergency relief, lifesaving care and aids in the resettlement of refuges forced to flee their homes and countries due to war or disaster.

They are also donating to Jubilee Women’s Center, which supports women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures by providing safe, affordable and supportive community housing and educational resources to empower each woman to become financially independent, regardless of her circumstances.

Sweet Spot writes:

Help make a difference this year! For each CLEAN, NEW OR GENTLY USED WINTER COAT for Men, Women & Children donated, we will award ONE raffle ticket (up to 10 tickets) to be entered in a raffle for wonderful prizes from generous local businesses and our amazing vendors! For our Third Annual Coat Drive we have partnered with our friends at VAIN to benefit the The International Rescue Committee & Jubilee Women’s Center.  This year y’all have the luxury of dropping off your coats at any location!  VAIN has locations in Ballard, Downtown, and West Seattle and of course The Sweet Spot is in Fremont.

Coats can be donated until Saturday, November 7th. Sweet Spot is at 3507 Evanston Ave N. Call 206-632-3602 with questions.

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Write your novel at the Seattle Public Library

October 26th, 2015 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library will host write-in sessions during November to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Each Library location listed below will have a quiet area for novelists-at-work to write, free Wi-Fi for research and plenty of outlets to keep that hard-working laptop fully charged.

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at most branches; street parking is available at the Queen Anne Branch. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

See below for the NaNoWriMo write-in schedule or visit the Seattle Writes NaNoWriMo page.

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.

Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., 206-684-4715.

Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 3, The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room, 206-386-4636.

High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454.

Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7518.

Montlake Branch, 2401 24th Ave. E., 206-684-4720.

Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.

Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St., 206-386-4227.

Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. The program series is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636, visit Seattle Writes NaNoWriMo or Ask a Librarian.



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Fifth student killed in Aurora Bridge accident

September 27th, 2015 by Sara

North Seattle College has learned that another student has died after succumbing to injuries sustained in the multi-vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 24. This student now makes five students in all who have lost their lives as a result of the devastating accident.
Out of respect for the family and their wishes to maintain privacy during this difficult time, the college will not be releasing the student’s identity.
“On behalf of our college, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family for this tragic loss. The aftermath of this accident has tested the faith and resolve of the North community like no other in recent memory, and we have tremendous grief and sorrow. But this terrible accident has also shown me and so many others that our community is incredibly strong and resilient, and by pulling together in this way, we will become stronger. We appreciate the support that has been extended to our campus from this city and throughout the world,” said Warren J. Brown, Ed.D., president of North Seattle College.”
President Brown will hold a media briefing on Monday, Sept. 28.

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Horrific accident on Aurora Bridge kills 4

September 24th, 2015 by Sara


Photo from Mark Ralstom/AFP

This morning around 11:15, a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a charter bus carrying 45 North Seattle College staff and students on the Aurora Bridge. Lieutenant Sue Stangl from Seattle Fire has confirmed four people were killed and twelve were in critical condition.  Many of the most critical were rushed to Harborview.

SDOT says given the nature of the crash, traffic will be impacted on the bridge (and throughout the city) through the evening.

Ride The Ducks announced it was suspending operations for the rest of the day. It’s not clear what caused the accident, although an eyewitness told King 5 news he saw what appeared to be a wheel pop off of the Duck vehicle, right before the horrific crash.

Bloodworks Northwest is asking for additional donations. Click here to help.

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The Seattle Public Library launches ‘Booktoberfest’ in October

September 20th, 2015 by Sara

This October, The Seattle Public Library is kicking off the Library’s first Booktoberfest—a celebration of books and beer at venues all over the city. Coming soon to a pub or Library near you, the events will include Librarians’ Revenge Trivia Rounds, ‘Ales from the Crypt: Spooky Stories ‘n Suds, Bookish Happy Hours and more. Everyone is invited to grab a pint and get bookish!

Librarians’ Revenge Trivia Rounds – Match wits with librarians on bookish and library themed trivia.


Beer Basics and Home Brewing – Learn all you need to know to begin brewing beer at home from Fremont Brewing Company’s Education Director.


Bookish Happy Hour – Grab a beer and mingle with fellow book lovers as you discuss what you’re currently reading and your favorite books.


The James Franco Review, with Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr – Join LitCrawl, The James Franco Review, and Seattle Public Library for an evening of poetry from diverse voices featuring inaugural Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr.


Flight of Fancy – A Literary Cider Flight – Taste a sampling of hard ciders at Capitol Cider as librarians suggest books to pair with each.


Late Night at the Library: Spooky Stories in the Stacks – Enjoy spooky stories told after hours at the Library. For adults and older kids.


Beer-themed 1930s Movie Matinee – Watch “The Public Enemy,” a Prohibition-era story of two Chicago thugs involved in the illicit trade of black market booze. Also showing The Three Stooges in “Three Little Beers” and Looney Tunes in “Buddy’s Beer Garden.”


‘Ales from the Crypt: Spooky Stories ‘n Suds – Love scary stories? Love beer? What about scary stories under the influence of beer? Come gather round the beer taps to hear chilling tales of the macabre consequences of bragging under the influence, and of the grim and ghastly fate that awaits those who chug spoiled beer! Each reading features the same tales and will last about 45 minutes.


For more information, visit the Booktoberfest page, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Brown Bear celebrates 58th anniversary with free car washes tomorrow

August 26th, 2015 by Sara

For the past nine years, this family-owned business has offered free “Beary Clean” tunnel washes twice a year. Last year’s anniversary event generated 26,437 free washes, bringing the combined total of complimentary anniversary and free Veterans Day washes to over 225,000.

Adding to the fun, this Thursday only, one lucky customer will be selected to receive free car washes for a year: an annual membership to Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club. Enter to win by taking a photo of your newly washed vehicle and posting it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay.

Founder Vic Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle with one location at 15th Ave West in Seattle.  Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 43 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane. 

For locations and hours of Brown Bear’s automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area click here.

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Ballard Bridge lane closures on Saturday, Aug. 29

August 26th, 2015 by Sara

It’s clean-up time for the Ballard Bridge. The Graffiti Rangers plan to remove graffiti from the underside of the bridge on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 7:30 a.m. until no later than 3:30 p.m. Sidewalks will remain open, but the right-hand lanes, both southbound and northbound, will be closed to accommodate the equipment.


To reach this area, SDOT crews will provide their U-BIT (under bridge inspection unit) which is positioned on the deck of the bridge and has an arm that can bend around and under the bridge. There is a bucket at the end of the arm to carry a person to work or inspect the underside of the bridge.

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Make your own mini park!

August 26th, 2015 by Sara

PARK(ing) Day happens once a year, on the third Friday in September, and is an opportunity for Seattleites to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.There are just three days left to submit your applications for PARK(ing) Day 2015. Applications are due THIS FRIDAY, August 28th, so don’t delay!

PARK(ing) Day is the perfect time to make your dream mini-park a reality. On September 18th, groups from all around Seattle will be designing and installing temporary on-street pop-up parks to help generate a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities. What sort of park do you want to see in Seattle? Parks can be spaces for reflection, creativity, solace, and play. PARK(ing) Day 2014 was their biggest one yet with over 50 pop-up parks installed throughout Seattle, and they want this year to be even bigger!

To apply, first pick the parking space you’d like to use and then fill out the simple, FREE application available on SDOT’s website. Check out SDOT’s guidelines for easy-to-follow tips about planning your pop-up park. Be sure to get your applications turned in to by this Friday, August 28.

For additional information about Seattle PARK(ing) Day, including application requirements, click here.

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“Crime, Camping & Consequences” panel discussion

August 13th, 2015 by Sara

The Fremont Chamber presents:

“Crime, Camping & Consequences” Panel Discussion, Wednesday, September 16th at 8am at Giddy Up Burger.

Join the Fremont Chamber along with Panel Members:
City Attorney Brendan Brophy,
Councilmember Mike O’Brien (not yet confirmed),
A representative from the Seattle Police, and
Sola Plumacher from Human Services, City of Seattle

The discussion will focus on tools  and resources for business to deal with the issues related to encampment and long term RV parking. Trash, parking as well as safety and business visibility for your customers.

“We all know that homelessness is a huge concern in the City of Seattle, this meeting will not focus on how to solve homelessness, but more it will help business owners, to access City resources to mitigate the effects on your environment from people who are camping in cars and RVs near your place of business.”

Cost: $5 Members (includes NSIA and FNC members), $10 Nonmembers

Location: Giddy Up Burger 4600 Leary Way NW 98103 Seattle WA


Join Fremont Rotary

July 28th, 2015 by Sara

If you are considering becoming a Rotarian, and you enjoy meeting upbeat and creative people, give the Fremont Fun Club a try! They meet at Hales Brewery — yes, the world-famous micro-brewery — after work on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Why meet for breakfast when you can meet for beer?

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2015 Fremont Wiffle Ball Classic

July 17th, 2015 by Sara


Saturday, August 29, 2015*
Playfield north of B.F. Day Elementary School
Linden Ave N & N 41st St

* Please note the change in date to before Labor Day.

BENEFICIARY: Fremont Chamber Community Grants Fund
SPONSOR: Fremont Chamber of Commerce

DETAILS: $250 per team*, with each team guaranteed two games. Teams are made up with a minimum of six players at a time and each player will receive a classic t-shirt. Additional team roster members can play for $20 each and they will also receive a t-shirt.

*Early registration ends July 20, cost for teams goes to $300 after July 20, and individual player cost goes to $25.

Bring a team/corporate banner to post on our outfield fences!

Team “Captain” Meeting is on Tuesday, August 25 — all teams must send a representative to that meeting. Rules to be reviewed and draw for team play order.

Three fields of play! Home run derby! Stadium announcers! Batter Walk- Up Music! The Universe Trophy! Refreshments! Rules? You bet.


We have added sponsorship opportunities in 2015, T-Shirt sponsor, Universe Sponsorship and Planetary Sponsors will help make this fun Fremont Chamber a fun event and raise money for the community grants fund. Contact Jessica

Our planning committee has met and we want to emphasize that this is a FUN tournament.  Those that take it too seriously or don’t laugh enough shall be penalized!  Also, we have revised the rules to address a couple of areas:

1.  If the game is tied after 5 innings, one extra inning will be played.  If the score is still tied, a hit off will ensue.

2.  Reasonable speed for Pitching.  You should always pitch commensurate to the batter’s capabilities.  Violators will be promptly penalized. 

See the copy of the 2015 rules for all the details….

Official Fremont 2015 Wiffleball Championship Rules


Early registration is $250 per team of 6, with a $20 fee for additional players. Early registration ends on July 20, 2015. Registration will be $300 per team there after with a $25 additional player fee. All teams must register by August 25th. Register by August 14 to be guaranteed each player receives a T-shirt. 

Roster for Game Play:

Will be posted at least one week before the event.


James Wagner 253.439.9483 or
Jessica Vets, 206.632.1500 or
Frank Costa 206.675.7371 or

*Note that you can add teammates to an existing, registered team up to August 28

Note: you can register a team with just your contact information or with up to 10 teammates in one registration. Teams over 10 people will need to have additional players sign up on thier own. Teams that are forming can sign up with only one person listed and add teammates up to August 14, 2015

All teammates must be registered by August 14 (to guarantee a T-Shirt) Any sign ups after August 14 will be included in play but will not be guaranteed to recieve a T-shirt nor, be guaranteed in any program or other printed material. 

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