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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.

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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 recyclenw@wm.com. 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

from http://www.fremontfirstfriday.com

from http://www.fremontfirstfriday.com

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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Painted cyclists create moving art for Fremont Solstice Parade

June 7th, 2016 by Sara

From the Fremont Arts Council:

The gears are oiled and the tires are inflated, but there are still a couple things that cyclists need to do to ride in the Fremont Arts Council’s 28th Annual Fremont Solstice Parade on June 18. Riders are asked to RSVP this year here to reserve their spot in the parade.  Reserved cyclists will have advance opportunity for next year’s registration, when limits on the number of cyclists will be implemented.

Asking painted cyclists to register, and limiting the number of riders is an effort to improve the quality of the body art and enable people to see it better. The hope is that the event will be safer and that those who do ride represent the most creative body painting.

The parade is entirely run by volunteers who consider themselves stewards of an authentic community icon – the Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration. They appreciate your help sustaining Seattle’s best party. Donations may be made here.

The Fremont Solstice Parade is Saturday, June 18, at 3 p.m., beginning at North 36th Street and 2nd Avenue Northwest, traveling east along the north shore of the Ship Canal into Gasworks Park. The event ends with the Solstice Celebration in the park, including HONK! Fest West, a gathering of local and national street bands, food trucks, beer garden, and more art!

The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) believes that art helps build stronger communities and creates a sense of place. Fremont is a state of mind, not a zip code. The FAC produces the Fremont Solstice Parade and Celebration, creates and cares for public art like the Fremont Troll, and engages everyone year-round in workshops and events including May Day, Luminata, Troll-o-ween, and Winter Feast.

For more information, email parade@fremontartscouncil.org.

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City Councilmember O’Brien releases proposal to make it easier to build backyard cottages

May 19th, 2016 by Sara

By Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com

Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien (District 6, NW Seattle) released a proposal today that would make it easier for homeowners to build backyard cottages.

Councilmember O’Brien’s bill makes a series of changes to the existing backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit building code, including:

  • Allowing both a backyard cottage and mother-in-law unit on the same lot, which provides additional housing options while maintaining the character and appearance of the property.
  • Increasing the height limit for backyard cottages by 1-2 feet, depending on lot width, which would allow enough livable space to make two-bedroom units more feasible. Setback requirements from property edges would not change.
  • Removing the requirement for owners to include an off-street parking space for backyard cottages or mother-in-law unit. Currently, this requirement often requires removal of green space on the property. Feedback found the parking requirement was prohibitive in creating new backyard cottages, as additional parking spaces were either unnecessary or unable to fit on the lot. For single-family lots outside urban villages or urban centers, the one required off-street parking space for a single-family house requirement will still apply.
  • If a backyard cottage is only one-story, its floor area may cover up to 60% of the rear yard (currently 40%), creating a large enough livable space for those unable to use stairs. Existing setback requirements from the lot edge would not change.
  • Requiring that the property owner live on-site for at least one year after a backyard cottage or mother-in-law unit is created, rather than the current requirement that the owner live on-site at least 6 months out of every year in perpetuity. The requirement prevents speculative developers from acquiring property and building backyard cottages that don’t fit the character of the neighborhood, while allowing the owner future flexibility for those who don’t want, or are unable to continue living on-site.
  • Allowing backyard cottages on lots 3,200 square feet or greater in area (currently 4,000 square feet), which would make approximately 7,300 additional parcels eligible to provide this additional housing option.
  • Increasing the maximum gross floor area of a backyard cottage to 1,000 square feet (currently 800 square feet), which would provide more livable area and increase the likelihood of two-bedroom backyard cottages to better serve families with children.
  • If a backyard cottage is built above a garage, the garage square footage will no longer count toward the maximum floor area, which often results in an unreasonably small living space.

The city’s Office of Planning & Community Development released its SEPA determination of non-significance today. The public can comment on the proposal through June 2 by emailing Nick Welch at nicolas.welch@seattle.gov, or by mail at City of Seattle, OPCD, Attn: Nick Welch, PO Box 34019, Seattle WA 98124-4019.

The proposal is scheduled for consideration in the Council’s Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee in July.

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All invited to free art brainstorm at Powerhouse

May 18th, 2016 by Sara

Positive energy and creative ideas will be generated at the Fremont Solstice Parade Open House, Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., at the Fremont Arts Council Powerhouse, 3940 Fremont Ave N. in Seattle. No appointment needed. Drop in anytime.  With live music in the afternoon, the open house will help your vision come to life as an entry in this year’s parade.

Generate ideas, dream, start building your entry in this year’s annual Fremont Solstice Parade, or join a group that’s already working on a project. Visitors are welcome to check out all the cool stuff in the
Powerhouse: watch parade videos, discover more about international parade arts and festivals, costumes, giant puppets, and generally, get inspired. Donations of parade art, costumes, “goo gahs,” and other materials are welcome. Here’s how the weekend will shake out:

Saturday

Potluck Pancake Breakfast  9 – 11 a.m

They provide batter and coffee.  You bring fixings and sides.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Bring floats up to the Powerhouse!*  All  hands on deck! Need a team of heavy lifters and trucks with trailer  hitches. This is the time for float ensembles to help with the move and  pick one out. Way fun! You will be stars.

2 – 4 p.m.- Workshops: Stilt walking demo with Allie Kerr. Make a Petit Troll float for the parade. Help make a batik  banner.

5 – 7 p.m.-Potluck Stone Soup Dinner. They provide two large pots of soup base. You bring ingredients to add to a meat or vegan pot.

6- 7:30 p.m.-Parade Float & Ensemble Presentations, including McKay Grant proposals

Apply for grants at here.

Sunday, May 22

Potluck Pancake Breakfast  9 – 11 a.m

They provide batter and coffee.  You bring fixings and sides.

11 a.m. – 9 p.m.-Parade Art Brainstorm*. Live music and Honk! bands in the afternoon.

1-2 p.m.-Workshops: “How Not to Build a Float” Sage, advice by veteran float builder, Maque DaVis.

5 – 7 p.m.-Potluck Stone Soup Dinner. They provide two large pots of soup base. You bring ingredients to add to a meat or vegan pot.

Sign up today and click on the Parade Info  tab. Reserve a float body to decorate and transform for the parade.  Volunteer to support the parade. Volunteer Parade Monitors keep the ensembles moving and have the best seat in the house!

For more information, email parade@fremontartscouncil.org.

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3rd annual Taco Libre truck showdown today!

May 1st, 2016 by Sara

It’s back and back in Fremont for more Taco Madness! Get ready for some serious fiesta cursbide in the Center of the Universe, Fremont on Sunday, May 1st! With over 40 amazing food trucks and booths over two blocks, its no wonder Cinco De Mayo pre-funk party is in order to celebrate the return of summer. Mobile Food Rodeo is proud to bring you the ultimate taco smackdown curbside with free admission, massive beer and margarita garden with mariachi bands, live music and city’s top DJ’s spinning all day long!

New this year is our family fun area for all those mini-luchadors in training! Bring the family for a fun day out on Seattle’s favorite neighborhood, Fremont.

2016 FOOD VENDORS

1.Anchorhead coffee
2.All About Cookies
3.Shen Zen Tea
4.Lily´s Salvadorean Catering
5.Hapa Food Co.
6.Caveman Eats
7.Fruit Chatter Box
8.Seattle Pops
9.Ray’s Food
10.The Lemongrass
11.Nosh
12.The Peoples Burger
13.Hot Revolution Donuts
14.Tummy Yummy Thai
15.Ezell’s Chicken
16.People Of The Chubbs
17.Barriga Llena
18.Anchor End Pretzel Shoppe
19.Tornado Potato
20.My Sweet Lil’ Cakes
21.Los Agaves Mexican
22.Afghan Delicious
23.Mystery Bay Seafood
24.Falafel Salam

Location: Fremont from 10am – 6pm

Free Admission

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Testing shows our water is safe according to Seattle Public Utilities

April 25th, 2016 by Sara

SPU tested water in a small percentage of older Seattle homes with galvanized piping.  Results  showed lead levels well below allowable federal limits.

Seattle Public Utilities released the results yesterday. From KOMO:

“This sampling protocol was much more extensive than the standard federal test, and should give customers an added sense of confidence in their water,” said SPU Drinking Water Quality Manager Wylie Harper.

The alarm rang Wednesday when officials in Tacoma found that water in four homes were above the allowable lead limits.

Tacoma officials attribute the presence of lead in their water to sections of pipes known as “goosenecks.” On the city website, the pieces of lead pipe are described as having been used between 1900 and 1940 to connect the water main to customers’ service lines.

In the wake of that finding, Seattle Public Utilities asked all Seattle residents to run water for two minutes before drinking it, as a precaution.

The utility tested five older homes that have the potentially suspect galvanized pipes, and so-called gooseneck fittings between the water main and the home. After allowing the water to sit overnight, they tested samples.

The highest lead level was 1.95 parts per billion (ppb), well below the federal limit of 15 ppb, according to SPU.

“Seattle Public Utilities is in compliance with U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations,” said Derek Pell of the Washington State Department of Health’s (DOH) Office of Drinking Water.

The Seattle water supplier also posted an interactive map to allow homeowners to determine what kind of material – copper, plastic or galvanized steel – the service line that supplies their homes.

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Twenty Pound Hammer drops down in Ballard

April 14th, 2016 by Sara

Looking for another way to get fit? CrossFit Twenty Pound Hammer opened last week in neighboring Ballard.

Located at 4550 9th Ave. NW, on the corner of 46th and Leary, Twenty Pound Hammer boasts high ceilings and tons of natural light from big windows.  The Ballard location was chosen both for its central location in the neighborhood and its accessibility to other parts of the city, along with free parking spaces. “While we place a high priority on the individual, we are dedicated to building a strong community amongst our athletes,” says Steve Amoroso, co-owner and head coach.

CrossFit Twenty Pound Hammer will offer one hour-long classes as early as 6am on weekdays (7am on weekends), and as late as 7.30pm on weekdays (11am on Saturdays).  Twenty Pound Hammer will add on more holistic and wellness programs with in the first few months, including yoga and other activities geared toward recovery and nutrition.  All initial consultations are free, and experienced CrossFitters get a trial week for free, as well as a consultation. Click here for more information.

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‘AN EVENING OF POETRY’ AT THE LIBRARY

April 6th, 2016 by Sara

Hear fresh voices from the local poetry scene at “An Evening of Poetry” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday, April 11 at the Fremont Branch, (731 N. 35th St).
The event will feature the poetry of Ann Spiers, Lillo Way and Kathleen Byrd. The local poets will read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience.

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.

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

 

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Greenwood explosion- how can we help?

March 14th, 2016 by Sara

From Doree at our sister site Phinneywood.com
The Phinney Neighborhood Association has compiled a very long list of businesses inside and outside our neighborhood that are helping to raise funds for businesses, employees and residents affected by last Wednesday’s explosion in downtown Greenwood. That list is being continually updated, so please check it often. Here are a few fundraisers happening this week:

Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 NW Leary Way, is hosting an all-ages fundraiser for G&O Family Cyclery, which is adjacent to the three demolished businesses and sustained heavy damage. Fifty percent of all beer sales from 5-10 p.m. Tuesday and funds from a raffle will benefit the bike shop. Raffle drawings will take place at 6:30 p.m. and 8 pm. Cycle Dogs (pedal-powered vegan hot dog cart) will be on site from 6-10 p.m. and will donate 100 percent of its revenue.

Magic Magpie Studio henna artist and Greenwood resident Antoinette is hosting “Henna For Greenwood” from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Makeda & Mingus, 153 N. 78th St. All proceeds will go to the Greenwood Relief Fund, with Makeda & Mingus matching every penny.

Gainsbourg, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N., is donating 20 percent of all sales Wednesday. The restaurant is open from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., is having a week-long silent auction of neighborhood storefront paintings by Mark O’Malley, whose art has been for sale at the bookstore this past year. His painting of Mr. Gyros and Neptune Coffee sold last year, but he’s offered to create another one. There will be plenty of other paintings of iconic neighborhood stores to bid on. The silent auction closes Friday night. Everything over $50 for each painting will be donated to the relief fund. And Phinney Books is donating all proceeds from Friday’s sales (beyond what it cost to buy the books).

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Tanya, the Phinney resident who purchased the Mr. Gyros and Neptune painting last year and is now living temporarily in Japan, emailed us a photo of the painting, which hangs proudly on her wall.

Greenwood Fred Meyer is donating all the proceeds from their coin boxes at cash registers.

Verity Credit Union and Taproot Theatre are holding a raffle for two gift baskets, with tickets to Taproot and gift cards to Naked City Brewery & Taphouse. Stop by the Verity branch at 8533 Greenwood Ave. N. to purchase raffle tickets.

Hooyman Family Chiropractic, 143 NW 85th St., is donating 20 percent of all proceeds in March and April to the relief fund.

Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., is collecting donations and will match the first $500.

The PNA was selling its whimsical holiday monkeys as a fundraiser for the fund and has already sold out, raising $11,000 for the Greenwood Relief fund.

Greenwood Elementary School families selling the “Show Greenwood Some Love” shirts raised $4,100 in just a few hours during Friday night’s Artwalk. Another batch of T-shirts will be available this week.

There is a GoFundMe just for G & O Family Cyclery. So far it’s raised more than $33,000.

Another GoFundMe account was started hours after the explosion by a community member with all proceeds going to employees of affected businesses (the PNA became the fiscal sponsor):  So far it’s raised more than $45,000.

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the PNA’s Greenwood Relief Fund.

A few days ago the Green Lake Community Council donated $500 to the PNA’s Greenwood Relief Fund.

The Bureau of Fearless Ideas (formerly 826 Seattle), Greenwood’s tutoring and writing center, is about to publish “Encyclopedia Greenwoodia,” with stories by BFI students and professional writers. (The very first piece in the book, written by a BFI student, is about Mr. Gyros.) They’ve decided to increase the publication run and have pledged 100 percent of the profits to the Greenwood Relief Fund. The book will be available in mid-April.

Numerous neighborhood businesses are collection sites for the Greenwood Relief Fund. Check the PNA’s special webpage for a complete list.

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Corner of 2nd Ave NW and NW Canal St closes 3/14 through the fall

March 11th, 2016 by Sara

Next week King County’s contractor will begin installing a new underground structure at the intersection of NW 2nd Ave and Canal St. This structure will connect the new siphons to the existing County sewer system which runs under NW Canal St. The work will close the corner of 2nd Ave. NW and NW Canal St. beginning Monday, March 14. The corner will remain closed through the fall.

What this means for you: drivers on 2nd Ave. NW will be able to use the alley to detour around the closed intersection. NW Canal St. will be open to two-way traffic. Westbound vehicles on NW Canal St. can use the turn-around area near 2nd Ave. NW. 

Along with the detours, expect more noise and activity on 2nd Ave. NW. The contractor will start by installing shoring for excavation of the new connecting structure.

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What to expect

  • Two-way traffic, limited parking on NW Canal St. between 2nd Ave. NW and 1st Ave. NW
  • Access to the alley behind NW Canal St. open via 2nd Ave. NW
  • Burke-Gilman Trail users should access the trail and Fremont Canal Park from 3rd Ave. NW or 1st Ave. NW
  • Increased noise and activity from pipe installation activities
  • Work from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays

 

Stay safe!

Please avoid the project area and sidewalks on NW 36th St. next to the project area. Please do not engage individuals working at the site. Community members can ask questions or share concerns about the project 24 hours a day by calling the project information line:

206-205-5428.

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