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Evening MLK Events Nearby

January 16th, 2017 by WK Leigh


It’s not too late, everyone: Low-key remembrances of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy are still starting in the next few hours. Head over to East West Bookshop on Roosevelt for the Celebration of MLK and Mahatma Ghandi. It’s a free event that goes from 7 to 8 pm. The Ananda choir will be performing, along with school children from the Living Wisdom School. Address is 6407 12th Ave NE, at the corner of Roosevelt and 65th Streets, above Whole Foods. Free parking in the upper-level lot.

Capital Hill honors Dr. King with a showing of Something Special, a collection of digital shorts on the African diaspora, with live performances by Cosmos the Band, Thunder Pawh and others; poetry by Nikki Oliver, Troy Osaki and Leija Farr; and fine art by A.O. Hamer. This event cost $10 and goes from 9 pm to 2 am. The venue is SIFF Cinema Egyptian at 801 E. Pine.


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Power Outage in Fremont

January 16th, 2017 by WK Leigh

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It’s not just you – the majority of households and businesses in Fremont are experiencing a power outage this afternoon. According to Seattle City Light, the outage began at 2:38 p.m. and is expected to be fully restored by 6:00 p.m. However, the luckiest of us are already seeing lights popping back on, way ahead of schedule. The source of the outage is still being determined, but it has affected more than just Fremont – some 22,000 Seattle City Light customers are “in the dark” as well, from as far north as Greenwood and up to Queen Anne. Let’s send out some collective good vibes that we’ll all “see the light” by the time the sun sets at 4:46 p.m.

If you still have a charge on your phone or laptop, follow the power company’s progress at It’s updated every 15 minutes. Alternatively, call the outage hotline at 206-684-3000.

Meanwhile, dig out those flashlights and candles, just in case — and be careful out there!

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Donate Coats to Keep Homeless Warm

January 14th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Photo by Wendy K. Leigh

This recent photo of a homeless woman on Fremont Avenue and 34th reminds us there’s more we can do for those who’ve fallen on hard times. On 34-degree afternoons like this one, a warm winter coat can make all the difference – and fortunately, there’s an app for that. The nonprofit WeCount organization lets you check online for specific needs nearby, and then donate items that are likely sitting around your home, unused. This time of year, it’s all about keeping people warm. So visit the WeCount website or smartphone app to find a match for your unused coats, hats, gloves and scarves, and then drop them off at nearby locations. The closest drop boxes for those of us in Fremont are in Ballard, Interbay and the U District.

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Paint Dancing Party at Gasworks Gallery

January 13th, 2017 by WK Leigh

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It’s time again, everyone – the Paint Dancing Party at Gasworks Gallery is this Saturday, the 14th. If you’ve never been before, get ready for a crazy night of flamboyant painting and dancing in the private studio of abstract painter and hunger awareness activist, Matt Jones. There’s only room for 48 people, so get your ticket ahead of time through EventBrite. It’s only $9.50, and you have the entire evening to let loose with classic dance music from the 70s and 80s.

Here’s how it works: you wear a white shirt (or as much white as you want all over), and become a “human canvas” for fellow attendees to create their masterpieces right on you. Painting and dancing at the same time apparently unleashes a creativity you never knew was lurking inside you. Only one way to find out: show up and let loose. This time around, there’s an added element of custom hats. Bring your own, or make one from large sheets of paper provided by the gallery. And yes – those hats become canvases as well. (more…)

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Rabbit Wilde and Honey Mustard

January 11th, 2017 by WK Leigh


With names like Rabbit Wilde and Honey Mustard, who can resist stopping by Fremont Abbey for a listen to these quintessential Northwest musicians who are making names for themselves all along the West Coast. They hit the stage at The Abbey on Saturday, January 14th at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7).

Ear to the Ground Music describes the indie-rock quartet of Rabbit Wilde perfectly:

If you like dancing, forest landscapes, adventures, Colorado, the PNW, harmonious vocals, love stories, early mornings, late nights, local produce, or strong coffee, you will love Rabbit Wilde…This is art and entertainment in a beautiful form.  The entire album is just flawless and I want everyone to enjoy it.
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Don’t miss this one; it’s an all-ages show, with some seating available and plenty of standing/dancing room. Tickets cost $10 for students; $13 in advance; and $17 at the door. Remember that Fremont Abbey is a nonprofit — so your ticket prices support awesome art all over Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.


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Seattle Engagement Rings to Express Your Fremont Style

January 10th, 2017 by WK Leigh

A Sponsored Post From Our Friends at EraGem
Local Seattle area vintage and antique jewelry business EraGem looks for ways to align jewelry styles with Seattle neighborhoods, including Fremont.


 Mark at EraGem says:
“Vintage and antique rings are well received all across Seattle and align perfectly with the Seattle spirit of being somewhat counter-cultural. Being unique is certainly one of the wonderful traditions in the Fremont neighborhood. We recommend  sapphires in blue or blue green  colors (go Hawks!) as a perfect expression of the Fremont style – which is anything but traditional. They make a perfect Seattle engagement ring or can be worn on the right hand for a beautiful expression of style.”
EraGem offers a one-of-a-kind shopping experience for Fremont residents. View their entire selection of rings and other estate jewelry online and elect to have the piece shipped to your home, or create a custom wish list and then visit their comfortable showroom to pick out your favorites.


Live Music and Live Painting at The Abbey

January 9th, 2017 by WK Leigh

We all know to expect the unexpected at Fremont Abbey, and this week is certainly no exception. Picture this: live music, live painting and slam poetry, all in one place on one night. That’s our Abbey, Fremont’s eclectic hometown hangout. Head over there for The Round on Tuesday, January 10th at 8:00 p.m. to hear featured musician Matt Bishop from Hey Marseilles and folk singer Lydia Ramsey, along with spoken word artist Sienna Burnett and live painter Lindsay Schoeneman.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and all ages are welcome. There’s also a bar area, so bring ID. Bar profits go to charity, thanks to local sponsors that include Two Beers, Seattle Cider, Ninkasi, Georgetown Brewing, Proletariat, Sound Spirits and Wilridge Winery. Let’s all come out to show that Fremont supports the arts and our own (nonprofit) Abbey, as well as local brewers, vintners and distillers.
Tickets are just $10 and $12 when ordered ahead, or $15 at the door.

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An Evening of Poetry

January 8th, 2017 by WK Leigh

Ever harbored a secret penchant for poetry? You’ll be inspired to hear from some of Seattle’s emerging poets at the Fremont Library tomorrow night. Head over to the library on N. 35th Street (not far from the Troll) by 6:30 p.m. on January 9th for the free quarterly series. It’s open to the public, for all ages and interest levels. It only goes until 7:45, so get there early to hear fresh new voices on the Northwest poetry scene, including Sandra Noel, Charles Leggett and Laura W. Allen.
If you’d like to take home some of what you hear, the folks from Floating Bridge Press will be on hand with books to purchase. Otherwise, there’s no need to pull out your wallet — just enjoy a relaxing time with new or old friends at the library.

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Let’s Hope It’s a Good One

January 1st, 2017 by WK Leigh


                    Photo by Flickr user wpfphotos

All of us here at Fremont Universe and Next Door Media would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year in Seattle, the city we live to love, and love to live in! As John Lennon sang about the New Year, “Let’s hope it’s a good one, without any fear.

January in Fremont is sure to be as lively as ever, so stay tuned for updates and news throughout the remaining winter months and into the spring.




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Pajama Jam at the Market

December 27th, 2016 by WK Leigh

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Who doesn’t love to laze around in their PJs on Sundays? Well, now you can stay comfy and still stroll around outside in your jammies! Start the year off right with the New Year’s Day Pajama Jam Party at Fremont Market. It takes place from 10-3 on January 1st, with a $100 cash prize for the Best Pajamas, and free Bloody Mary’s at the Red Door for the Best Ensemble Pajama Crew. To compete, check in from 11-12 at the front desk, which is an open stall on the right side of the market as you enter from Evanston Avenue. Winners will be announced at 12:14 p.m.

The Red Door, just steps away from the market, will be serving up beers on tap and Bloody Mary’s all day and into the night, regardless of whether you’re decked out in your PJs.

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The Red Door in Fremont, Seattle

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The Holidays Continue in Fremont

December 26th, 2016 by WK Leigh


Manolin on Stone Way North Spreads Out a New Year’s Eve Feast

The holidays aren’t quite over yet, everyone! New Year’s Eve is always lively here in Fremont, so head over for some fun at the string of venues, cafes and pubs in the central Fremont hub. Some super special events this year include the annual “New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball” at Ballroom on N. 36th Street, and the multi-course feast at Manolin on Stone Way North. Call for reservations!

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Holiday Troll Stroll

December 21st, 2016 by WK Leigh

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The Fremont Troll is such a part of our neighborhood that we sometimes forget what a fun and festive stroll it is under the bridge, especially during the holidays. Gather up some family or friends, fill a thermos with hot cocoa, and toss out a holiday greeting to our favorite urban dweller.

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Last Sunday Market Before Christmas!

December 18th, 2016 by WK Leigh

This is the final Sunday before Christmas, so head over to the Fremont Sunday Market for your special gifts. Unlike department stores or major retailers, these vendors don’t sell out of “the good stuff” as the gift-giving season progresses. Every week brings a fresh supply of unique treasures, from vintage collectibles to handcrafted furniture, Pashmina scarves, jewelry, local honeys and jam — it’s always a surprise. For those of you who don’t realize it, there’s an entire underground lot stuffed with repurposed, vintage and rare finds. Raining? Doesn’t matter in the slightest. Some vendors start packing up around 4:00, so head over early for the best finds.

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Board Games and Craft Beer at Red Door

December 16th, 2016 by WK Leigh

Calling all board games fans! The Red Door in Fremont is mixing up board games and craft beer on Monday night, December 19th, from 7 to 9 pm. Calling themselves a “newbie-friendly” group of old-school gamers, the folks behind this meetup are bringing back the high art of lo-tech fun.

Board games change each session and could include both modern and classics, such as Ticket to Ride, Flash Point, King of Tokyo, The Resistance, Dominion, Tokaido and 7 Wonders. If you don’t get your fill on the 19th, there’s another session on the 26th – same time and place.

Sign up beforehand by sending an RSVP to the MeetUp page. Then just show up at Red Door on Evanston Avenue, near the Fremont Market location, and take a left as you enter the building. Go all the way to the back and look for two really big round tables. With a group name like Inclusive Geekery, get ready to channel your Big Bang Theory muses.

Red Door Board Games & Beer Geeks!

Monday, Dec 19, 2016, 7:00 PM

Red Door (Fremont)
3401 Evanston Ave N Seattle, WA

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Want to explore the board/card game hobby? Want to learn more about craft beer? Want to meet people happy to teach you board games? Come play games and drink beer with us! It is a very casual newbie-friendly group!Is there a game you wish to learn? Do you wish to teach a game you love? Leave a comment on the meetup you’re attending, so we can make…

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Help InterConnection Keep EVERYONE In Seattle Connected

December 15th, 2016 by WK Leigh

Who knew that an unassuming storefront on the revamped Stone Way North in Fremont is buzzing with high-tech promise for low-income families? InterConnection accepts donations of used computers, laptops, tablets and more; completely refurbishes them with the latest software and hardware; and offers them for very low (or no) cost to low-income individuals or nonprofit organizations.

International Rescue Committee in Seattle Gets 8 Laptops

They also provide these refurbished computers to the general public, regardless of income or need, at a higher (but still affordable) price in their retail store on Stone Way, between 34th and 35th. The proceeds are then funneled back into the programs for those who are unable to afford technology.

Does you existing computer need repairs, upgrades or data transfer? The onsite techs can help you out with that as well, for a much lower price than you’d pay elsewhere. Again, the proceeds recycle themselves into helping those in need. (more…)

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Lunch Break Cooking Class Today in Fremont

December 12th, 2016 by WK Leigh

Chef Kyle Wisner

Chef Kyle Wisner

I can’t think of a better way to spend your lunch break today: local Chef Kyle Wisner is dishing on de-lish ways to cook a roast, and the results are on your plate by the end of the 60-minute class. Call to check for last-minute openings (206-397-4271) – then head over to the Book Larder on Fremont Avenue at noon today (Monday December 12) to get hands-on tips and tricks for making drool-worthy holiday roasts. Kyle’s classes typically sell out, as class size is limited to 10 people.

If you’re lucky enough to snag a spot, here’s what’ll be steaming on your plate within the noon hour: Roasted pork loin with charred leeks, potatoes, and cultured cream; Spice loaf with preserved cranberries; and green salad with seasonal greens and a tahini herb dressing.

Known as “a community cookbook store,” the Book Larder is no stranger to sharing secrets from some of the best chefs in Seattle. Their 2017 roster of chef-taught classes starts off in January with topics such as grain-free suppers, Southern-style biscuits, and a seafood extravaganza. An upcoming highlight on the evening of February 6, 2017, is seasonal Moroccan food by chef Olaiya Land, who shares her knowledge on the North African spice palette. This one is sure to fill up, so make your reservation ASAP!



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