News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood


The Story of Seattle Pacific on a 25-foot Cedar Pole

October 7th, 2016 by Sara

A Tlingit story pole symbolically representing the history and purpose of Seattle Pacific University will be rededicated on Saturday, October 8, at 1:30 p.m. Tlingit tribal representative Tom Dalton and SPU community members will be part of the special ceremony at the location of the pole behind Alexander Hall on campus. The event is part of SPU’s 125 anniversary celebrations.

The 25-foot cedar pole, commissioned by SPU’s Class of 1971, was designed and carved by Tlingit tribal member Abner Johnson in the early 1970s. Johnson spent several years working on the pole in SPU’s Art Center lobby, where students and the public could watch him carve. Each figure on the pole has a symbolic meaning tied to Seattle Pacific. A falcon, the mascot of SPU, graces the top of the pole.

The public and media are invited to the short ceremony.

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Are you an Alpha Phi alumna?

September 28th, 2016 by Sara

The Seattle Alpha Phi Alumnae Chapter recently got a makeover and they have a new board made up of Alpha Phis from around the country. They are a group of women who are excited to rekindle your love of Alpha Phi.

Vice President of Membership, Cassie E. Andrews writes: “As collegians we learned that joining Alpha Phi isn’t only for four years, but for life. As alumnae we are the stewards of the vision our original ten founders had as a women’s leadership organization.  As a chapter, we are going to provide social, networking, and philanthropic events to the alumnae in the Seattle area. Whether you joined at a local chapter or one across the country, we welcome you to reinvest yourself in Alpha Phi. I am from New York and am very rarely able to attend events sponsored by my initiating chapter, but have found that same sisterhood among Alpha Phi alumnae I have met in Seattle.”

Click here to learn about the chapter and events they are hosting in the upcoming months.

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Early Wednesday in Fremont

September 22nd, 2016 by Sara

Fremont Universe reader Vul writes:

Not sure if anybody else heard the cop cruiser driving around at 3:30 in the morning, It definitely woke me up.

A cruiser was driving around my neighborhood in circles for about 45 minutes blipping their siren in short bursts. I’ve attached a video of them going down my street. At first I thought maybe somebody had stolen the cruiser and was wandering around and pushing buttons. I called 911, they said ‘there doing something in the area’… I get out of them ‘they’re looking for someone’… I ask should I be concerned ? … they’re like ‘nope, but we know about the cruiser’.. I’m not sure they were actually looking for anybody, I never saw search lights and there was only one car.
Should I feel safe that there might have been somebody of enough importance to look for in my neighborhood, yet only sort of looking for them?


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Join the Down Syndrome community’s 20th annual Buddy Walk

September 13th, 2016 by Sara


The Down Syndrome Community (DSC) is hosting its 20th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk on October 2, from 1–4 p.m. at the Seattle Center. From individuals with Down syndrome and their family members, to those who know someone with Down syndrome, to community members who simply want to show their support, the Buddy Walk is a day of celebration to promote acceptance, inclusion, and respect of individuals with Down syndrome. This year’s celebration will include special 20th anniversary commemorations, keynote speakers, activities for the family, live music, food trucks, photos, and of course a walk around the Seattle Center.

Funds raised by the Puget Sound Buddy Walk support the DSC’s ongoing mission to serve and advocate for individuals with Down syndrome and their families through:

  • The First Call Outreach Program, which provides up-to-date information, mentorship and support to parents who have received a Down syndrome diagnosis.
  • Community groups including DSC Friends and D.A.D.S. of Puget Sound.
  • Community events like the annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk, Sweetheart Dance & Pizza Party and the Big Time Talent Show.
  • Education, including the Learning Program, bi-annual conferences and special guest speakers.
  • Advocacy, providing information and opportunity related to policies and issues affecting our community.

“When my daughter, Kate, was born, the doctors pulled my husband aside and told him ‘we think your daughter has Down syndrome’,” said Alison Winfield, DSC President.  “From that moment on, our world changed and we were scared of the future. Luckily, I was quickly put in touch with the Down Syndrome Community, which has changed our lives. The funds raised at the Buddy Walk enable the DSC to provide and expand their amazing offerings.”

For additional information and to register for the event, click here.


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Learn to play chess this fall library

September 13th, 2016 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library offers several drop-in chess programs for children, teens and adults. Learn to play chess, then challenge your neighbors!

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

Children, teens and adults are invited to drop by for fun and casual games of chess. Chess puzzles and basic chess instruction will also be available.

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


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A spirited whiskey challenge from the Captains of the Deadliest Catch

September 5th, 2016 by Sara


Storm Tossed Rye Whiskey, the latest release from Fremont Mischief Distillery is at the heart of a spirited Whiskey Challenge between Captain Sig of the F/V Northwestern and Captain Casey and co-Captain Josh Harris of the F/V Cornelia Marie. A fund raiser for the Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial and Sea Scouts, the Captain whose whiskey sells out first wins! Each Captain’s whiskey has a unique flavor.

Captain Sig’s Storm Tossed Rye: affectionately known as “bow bender”, was barrel-aged in the ship’s bow while in rough water of the West Bering Sea. It surges with deep, pungent flavor and a hint of the briny sea.

Capt. Casey & co-Capt Josh’s Storm Tossed Rye: barrel-aged in the ship’s bow while fishing the smoother waters of the North Bering Sea near the ice pack. Intense yet smooth toasted caramel, woodsy smoke & slight hint of the salty sea.

You can find out more about the charities, where to buy the spirits, and watch funny videos here.

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Cycle Back to School with Pedalheads!

August 18th, 2016 by Sara

A sponsored post from our friends at Pedalheads

Now that we’re halfway through August, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school! What better way to travel down the charmingly eccentric streets of Fremont than by bike? Not only is cycling a healthy way for your child to start their day, it’s also a wonderful way to give them greater independence as they enter the new school year!


At Pedalheads Bike Camps, we teach kids how to ride safely and competently in a fun, educational environment. We run our camp out of North Beach Elementary (9018 24th Avenue NW) where kids from 3-12 master the skills they need to succeed on the trails and the streets. Maybe you’ve seen some of our more experienced campers pedaling around Soundview Playfield!

Since 1995 we’ve taught over 200,000 children to ride, using our own Pedalheads teaching method, combined with small classes (generally 4:1) and exceptional instructors. With 50+ locations across Canada and the United States, our comprehensive program opens up a world of opportunities for a lifetime of cycling!

Camps run Monday to Friday June-August and luckily we still have some spots available for late August! Choose between morning camps (9:30am to 12:00pm), afternoon camps (1:00pm to 3:30pm) or all-day Camps (9:00am to 4:00pm, at select locations). We also offer private lessons. There are several different programs to choose from, depending on your child’s age and skill level. Before and after care is available for all-day camps.


For more information check out their website here, call 1.888.886.6464, or email

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Sea Wolf Bakery to open soon!

August 11th, 2016 by Sara

Photo from Sea Wolf FB page

Photo from Sea Wolf FB page

You may know them from their delicious bread at Boat Streat, or from Dino’s Tomato Pie on Capitol Hill.  After more than two years of baking bread at night, brothers Jesse and Kit Schumann are finally opening their own spot right here in Fremont, Sea Wolf Bakery, August 13.

Read more about their journey in the Seattle Met article here.

Sea Wolf Bakery is at 3126 Stone Way S.

To learn more about the bakery, check out their Instagram.


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Pay for your next big adventure by welcoming travelers to Seattle

July 31st, 2016 by Sara

A sponsored post from our friends at Airbnb

What would you do with an extra $12,000 this summer? Vacation in a castle? Head to Paris? Or maybe tuck into a treehouse for a week?

Home-rental site Airbnb is famous for offering these kinds of unique places to stay all over the world. (At last count, it has accommodations in more than 34,000 cities in 191 countries.) That much you probably know. What may surprise you: The San Francisco-based company also provides a way for travel lovers to fund their own trips—by sharing their extra space as a host.

It’s free to create a listing on the site whether you share your couch, spare bedroom, or vacation home. Airbnb helps you get started with 24/7 support, hosting tips, and peace of mind with its $1 Million Host Guarantee. You get to decide when and how often you host by setting your availability on your listing’s calendar. And right now is a great time to get started.

Demand is high since summer is Seattle’s busy travel season. Last year, for instance, from May to August, there were a monumental 200% more trips to Seattle on Airbnb than there were during winter, and hosts in Seattle made 25% more per night. Hosts use that extra money to pay for home improvements, retirement, or that next dream trip! Find out how much you can make as a host here.

Right now, Airbnb is sweetening the deal by offering readers an extra $200 to new hosts. Here’s the deal:

–       Create a listing using this link

–       Host your first guest at a listing that’s within 25 miles of the intersection of 5th Ave and Madison St

–       Want to know more? The full terms and conditions are here


Happy hosting—and enjoy that castle!

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Local non-profits gather in Fremont for Google tools training

July 23rd, 2016 by Sara

On August 4, more than 80 local nonprofits will be gathering at Google’s Fremont campus for a training on tools like mobile fundraising, AdWords, and story visualization through Google Earth. The majority of these nonprofits have teams of 25 employees or fewer and include a wide diversity in the communities they serve. This ranges from The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and the Northwest African American Museum to Brain Injury Alliance of Washington and the Seattle Good Business Network.


The training will give the nonprofits insights into the tools available to them through Google for Nonprofits, will be introduced by State Representative Zack Hudgins and takes place on August 4, from 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

There are still spots available, but last year’s training filled up quickly. Click here to RSVP.



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Free Shakespeare in the Park this Summer

July 14th, 2016 by Sara

GreenStage celebrates its 28th season with Shakespeare in the Park plays Cymbeline and The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Backyard Bard shows Pericles and Twelfth Night. The season runs July 8–August 13, 2016. This summer, they will perform at a pakr near you. Admission is free, just bring a blanket and a picnic! Greenstage recommends arriving 20 minutes to find the best patch of grass. Follow the yellow signs around the park to the stage. Click here for more information and a full list of Greenstage’s performance spots.

Pictured: John Bergeron as Iachimo, Katherine Jett as Imogen, Eric Hampton as Posthumus and Warren Haney as Cloten. Photo by Ken Holmes

Pictured: John Bergeron as Iachimo, Katherine Jett as Imogen, Eric Hampton as Posthumus and Warren Haney as Cloten. Photo by Ken Holmes

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Recycling competition gives Fremont a chance to win $20k for local non-profits

July 5th, 2016 by Sara

Hey Fremont, the recycling challenge is on! Win cash for local non-profits!

Are you and your neighbors ready to waste less and recycle more? Would you like to help local non-profits win up to $20,000?
Then it’s time to enlist your neighbors in the Waste Management Think Green Reuse and Recycling Challenge!
If you live in Fremont and have Waste Management as your service provider for recycling, composting and garbage, you could win big and save the planet at the same time.
What does it take to win?
• Sign Up Now! Homeowner’s associations, civic organizations, community clubs and environmental groups are needed to organize regional sustainability efforts.

• Reduce Waste. The neighborhood region that reduces garbage the most by October 2016 will win $5,000 for the community non-profit(s) of their choice. To determine the winner, WM will compare the pounds of garbage per household from this year to last. The region that reduces their garbage the most wins!
• Educate your community. Regions that reduce waste through creativity and strong community involvement can win even more – up to $15,000 for the non-profit(s) of your choice. Examples: create a Recycling Flash Mob, produce a video for YouTube, set up a recycling education table at your community events, or even go door-to-door to urge neighbors to get involved. 

Click here to learn more, and contact Waste Management at WM recycling educators are ready to help you organize your neighborhood.

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An evening of poetry at the Library

July 5th, 2016 by Sara

All are invited to come hear fresh voices from the local poetry scene at “An Evening of Poetry” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday, July 11 at the Fremont Branch, 731 N. 35th St., 206-684-4084.

Library events are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Metered street parking is available near the branch, and there is a pay parking lot across the street.

The event will feature the poetry of Kim Grantier, Janet Knox and Tom Schabarum. The local poets will read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience.

Grantier lives in Shoreline and has been writing poetry since age 11. With a background in environmental science and marine biology, much of her work is inspired by nature and the outdoors. Her work also explores the world of mental illness, depression and what it means to be “whole.” Her first chapbook is “Earthmist Poems: Poetry from the Pacific Northwest.”

Knox is a seven-time Pushcart nominee and finalist for the Discovery/The Nation Award. Her poems have appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Los Angeles Review, Feminist Studies and elsewhere. Her current play, “Artifact Pattern: Observations on the Behaviour of Homo Sapiens in Change,” will be playing next year in Seattle, Vashon Island and Olympia.

Schabarum won the 2010 Creekwalker Poetry Prize and has published poems in Poet Lore, Crab Creek Review, Floating Bridge and others. His first novel, “The Palisades,” was a 2011 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. Tom holds an MFA in creative writing and literature from Bennington College. He lives and works in Seattle with his husband, John, and their dog Buster.

For more information, call the Fremont Branch at 206-684-4084 or Ask a Librarian.


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It’s first Friday- Art Walk time!

July 1st, 2016 by Sara



Tonight is the Friday Art Walk.  Director Mollie Bryan says the event is a feast for all of your senses:

Fremont First Friday Art Walk brings together a number of our neighborhood’s arts-supporting shops, galleries, and restaurants each month for 3 hours of celebrating creativity in it’s many forms. Expect to see everything from oil paintings to encaustics, photography to illustration, sculpture to mixed media, and live music to performance poetry. Along the way you can stroll by Fremont’s many outdoor art installations (most notably the Lenin statue, the Troll under the Aurora bridge, and the Rocket) and try locally made wine, beer, coffee, chocolate, and other delectable fare from local establishments, plus a steady rotation of mobile food trucks scheduled for the 6-9pm event. The FIRST FRIDAY of every month is a great opportunity to get a taste for the creative culture that Fremont is known for.

Click here to see the artists.



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July happenings at Book Larder

June 30th, 2016 by Sara

There’s tons to do at Book Larder this month:
Alex Raj and Eder Montero will discuss their Basque Book with Molly Wizenberg, Caroline Wright debuts her Cake Magic! book, and local author (and regular Book Larder cooking instructor) Erin Coopey releases her second cookbook, Infusing Flavors.  Later in the month, Fabrizia Lanza of Sicily’s Anna Tasca Lanza Cooking School joins in the conversation with Amy Pennington, Marie Simmons brings her Whole World Vegetarian, and local authors Becky Selengut & Matthew Amster-Burton talk Japanese cuisine and Not One Shrine.  
Check out more on these author talks, as well as cooking classes below and on their website.

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Some scenes from Sunday

June 21st, 2016 by Sara

Another wild time at the Solstice Parade

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Thanks to Kristi for the photos!

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