News blog for Seattle's Fremont neighborhood

 

Nectar hosts the 2nd annual Planned Parenthood Benefit Concert

July 17th, 2014 by Cara

It’s a concert title you might have to read twice:

We ♥ Seattle: Second Annual Planned Parenthood NW Benefit Concert

But the line up is pretty straight forward. Seattle band La Luz will be headlining with Jason Webley, Golden Gardens, and The Gods Themselves. It promises to be an evening of great music for a cause.

The concert will specifically benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s Someone You Know Fund which ”helps provide preventative reproductive health care services to uninsured and low-income individuals in our local community.”

What is also cool about this benefit concert is that 100% of the money earned will be contributed to the Someone You Know Fund! All of it!

You can purchase tickets online here for $15. Limited VIP tickets are also available for $30.

Happy Friday Folks!

 

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Leafly provides “Cannabis 101″ in Fremont today

July 8th, 2014 by Cara

With recreational cannabis shops set to open today in Washington a lot of questions have arisen. How will it work? What will legal marijuana, the product itself be like?

Leafly, a cannabis information community online, will be at five food trucks around Seattle from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm today. This special event will focus on “educating residents about safe, responsible cannabis consumption, giving out free lunch and passing out “Cannabis 101” flyers that include info on WA cannabis laws and tips for responsible consumption.”

Other topics that will be covered including:
- What first time cannabis consumers need to know
- Consumption methods (vaporizers vs. smoking vs. edibles, etc.)
- Reviewing the new recreational cannabis laws in Washington
- Hot to choose strains (or types) of cannabis
Leafly will also be sharing information about the new industry, and what future goals the industry has.

The Leafly team will be at the Flair Taco Truck at 315 N 36th St Seattle, WA 98103 (Between Greenwood and N Phinney). The Leafly staff will be handing out Cannabis 101 flyers and asking your cannabis questions. The first 250 customers will receive a free lunch. Head on down and get in the know!

Leafly’s Cannabis 101 Tips – Just Say Know

Cannabis is legal in Washington, but know the ground rules:

  • To buy cannabis you must be 21 or older.
  • Consume cannabis in the privacy and comfort of your home – public consumption will earn you a $100 fine.
  • Driving under the influence of cannabis is dumb. It’s also illegal. Don’t do it.
  • Taking cannabis across state lines is illegal.

Take it slowly: Today’s cannabis is more potent than ever.  Start with small doses and remember that edibles may take more than an hour to have an effect.

Leafly is the world’s leading online information and education resource for cannabis consumers. Through Leafly, 3.5 million visitors per month research strains of cannabis that will best meet their needs, access user-generated reviews of more than 800 cannabis strains and thousands of dispensaries, and follow news and culture content intended for everyone from beginning medical cannabis patients to the sophisticated connoisseur. To learn more, visit www.leafly.com or download the app through Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

 

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Fremont Troll voted 5th best quirky landmark

July 7th, 2014 by Cara

It’s a question that had to be asked, what are the quirkiest landmarks in the US? USA Today and 10 Best teamed up to find the answers.

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Readers selected a strong field of landmarks including oversized men, out of place objects, and itty bitty models of famous shrines and monuments. Many of these landmarks are in out of the way places, some very out of the way but you don’t have to travel far to congratulate the Fremont Troll!

The full list:

  1. Big Tex – Dallas
  2. Longaberger Home Office – Newark, Ohio
  3. Carhenge – Alliance, Neb.
  4. Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox – Bemidji, Minn.
  5. Fremont Troll – Seattle
  6. Cadillac Ranch – Amarillo, Texas
  7. Beer Can House – Houston
  8. Enchanted Highway – Regent, N.D.
  9. Ave Maria Grotto – Cullman, Ala.
  10. Peachoid – Gaffney, S.C.

You can find the list with accompanying pictures here.

Be a part of the Troll’s future!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is asking for everyone’s help in the establishment of the Troll’s Knoll Park. Here are a few ways you can help:

1. Learn more about the project here!

2. Complete this survey about the project.

3. Attend the Trolls Knolls Public Meeting about the project on July 16th, 2014 from 6:30-7:45pm at the Fremont Abby

4. Join the “Friends of the Trolls Knoll” group on Facebook

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World Cup Fervor Continues

June 30th, 2014 by Cara

Don’t miss the US vs. Belgium Tuesday at 1:00PM! The time difference makes it tricky for many folks at work but consider taking a long lunch. Here are the spots in Fremont that will be showing the game and attracting some serious fans:

The George and the Dragon
Frequently named one of the best bars to watch “football” in Seattle, Washington, and the whole U.S. This will be a seriously spirited crowd!

The Ballroom
Opens at 1:00pm and this game is sponsored by KEXP. Don’t forget about the pizza!

Norm’s Eatery and Alehouse
Opens at 11:00am and is dog friendly! Bonus points for any dogs rocking jerseys.

The Red Door
Opens at 11:30 with a  projector screen and a great deck

Don’t forget to cheer extra loud for Dempsey and Yedlin representing the Seattle Sounders on the US National Team. You can also catch the Argentina vs. Switzerland game at 9am.

More World Cup fun:

This fun video brought to us by the Sounder’s Rave TV captures the World Cup fervor in Seattle.

Two Weeks left of Pagliacci Pizza’s Futbol Challenge

Pagliacci Pizza is giving away a Vespa during the fervor of the World Cup. Customers can pick up a special playing card in store and receive one stamp every time a slice of pizza is purchased. Collect three stamps and your card can be turned in for the drawing. The more cards you can submit, the better your odds. The winner will be randomly chose on July 21st at 12pm. Your dream Vespa days may be just around the corner.

 I Believe!

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Time for a Solstice Celebration!

June 20th, 2014 by Cara

In case you haven’t heard, it’s solstice time! The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade takes place this weekend and our not-so-sleepy neighborhood will be full to the brim with festivities, live music, and of course visitors!

Bold Hat Productions, the organizers behind the fair has put together this fun Fremonster’s Guide to the Fair:

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Here are a few other tips we think Fremonsters might find useful:

Sunrise today was at 5:11am (kudos to anyone awake to witness it) and Sunset this evening won’t be until 9:11pm. Today, June 21st is the official Solstice!

The Redhook Main Stage (where the Concert series is taking place) is on 35th street between Phinney Ave N and Evanston Ave N dubbed the “Rocket Block.” And very importantly, the Main Stage Beer Garden is located on the South side of the street. The concert series bands will perform from 5:30-10:45pm.

If you rely on street parking, don’t move your car. Just don’t do it. The Rock and Roll Marathon is also going on downtown. Traffic is no way to celebrate the Solstice.

The street closure for the Solstice Parade begins on Saturday at 2:30pm, the Painted Cyclists (aka Naked Bike Ride) hits the roads at 2:45pm, and the parade begins its progress at 3:00pm.

Want a change of scenery? Head to the Solstice Celebration at Gasworks Park on Saturday featuring Honk! Fest West with brass bands, food, and another Beer Garden! Festivities carry on until 9PM

Beer Gardens!
- All the Fremont Fair beer gardens are CASH ONLY
- The Fremont Fair beer gardens will be pouring Budweiser plus three of major sponsor Redhook’s brews: Redhook IPA, Redhook ESB,  and Redhook Audible.

The Art Cars have moved! They are now located closer to the Fremont Canal near the Burke Gilman.

Learn more about the Solstice Parade and Gasworks celebration on the Fremont Arts Council website.

You can also get the lay of the land here:

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Happy Solstice!!!

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The Outdoor Movie Line Up is here!

June 15th, 2014 by Cara

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The Fremont (Almost Free) Outdoor Cinema has announced the summer 2014 line up sponsored by Talenti Gelato. Outdoor Movies have been a Fremont tradition for over 20 years and the fun begins again July 12 with a free screening of the Royal Tenenbaums .

You can purchase tickets for the movies either through a Season Pass or with a Single Tickets. 4 of the 10 screenings scheduled are 21+ fundraiser screenings. Pricing is as follows:

All-Ages Season Pass to the 6 all-ages screenings $29.99 plus  fee
All-Access Season Pass to 9 screenings including the 21+ Movie Parties $49.99 plus fee
All-Ages Ticket $5 plus fee
21+ Fundraiser Ticket $10 plus fee

2014 SUMMER MOVIE LINE-UP

July 12th The Royal Tenebaums FREE
July 19th The Life Aquatic
July 25th Rushmore
July 26th Wet Hot American Summer, 21+
August 2nd Dazed & Confused, 21+
August 9th Mamma Mia
Friday August 15th Office Space, 21+
August 16th Ghostbusters, 21+
August 23rd The Dude Fest: The Big Lebowski, 21+
August 30th Jurassic Park

You can also find the Fremont Outdoor Cinema on Facebook

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Comfort in community

June 6th, 2014 by Cara

As a neighborhood we are fortunate for Fremont’s strong sense of community that is fostered by festivals, public art, and hearty appetite for all kinds of food. Within Fremont there are smaller communities of artists, musicians, techies, those who work in the service industry, and more. We are one of many neighborhoods with a strong sense of local pride, all together these neighborhoods form a community within the greater Seattle community.

Yesterday, just across the Fremont canal, Seattle Pacific University became another community shaken by tragic events involving a gunman. There aren’t enough words to describe how violated and heartbroken SPU, the students, and its community must be.

Many of us are part of a smaller community such as SPU just as much as we are part of our neighborhood or regional communities. No matter the size of a community it provides something essential to us. So although we often consider ourselves different communities separated by the canal these shocking and saddening events call upon a greater community to provide comfort, support, and reflection.

Fremont Universe grieves for the loss of a member of our community and sends our heartfelt thoughts to the victims and their families.

Often in times of tragedy social media provides a way to connect as a community both near and far. You can find many tributes and shows of support on Facebook and Twitter under #prayforSPU

Our sister-site the Queen Anne View also has coverage of the SPU community.

 

 

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Discovering Duck Dodge: a Seattle sailing tradition

June 3rd, 2014 by Cara

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All images from www.duckdodge.org

For members of Seattle’s sailing community Duck Dodge on Tuesday evenings is an essential part of Seattle summer’s on the water. Begun in 1974, Duck Dodge (originally subtitled: Lake Union Beer Can Regatta) is celebrating it’s 40th year of coordinating Seattle sailboats in a casual race around buoys or markers on Lake Union. Truly a homegrown tradition, Duck Dodge is entirely volunteer run and hosts over 50 boats on the most beautiful summer evenings.

From shore Duck Dodge looks, pretty odd. Boats seem to be sailing somewhere with purpose but where and why? And what on earth are they wearing? Each week Duck Dodge has a costume theme, some more popular than others. You may see sailors  in togas, hula skirts, or dressed as pirates depending on the week.

Click the image above to visit the Duck Dodge "Histerical" Page for history

Click the image above to visit the Duck Dodge “Histerical” Page for history

So what does Duck Dodge entail?
Beginning in June, sailors (and drinkers) come out of hibernation to cruise around Lake Union on a somewhat logical race course.  Starting at 7:00PM the Race Committee (aka the amazing volunteers making it all happen!) runs 4 starts for “Fast Boats”, “Half-Fast Boats”, “Slow or Cruising Boats”, and “Dinghy (small) Boats.” The buoys or marks that are the racers destinations are associated with nearby landmarks such as “Aurora” for the mark closest to the Aurora Bridge and “AGC” for the tall building bearing those same letters in gold just behind the “Red Nun” buoy the boats sail around.

After zig-zagging around the lake avoiding paddlers and of course, ducks, the participating sailboats cross the finish line. For each start the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place boat receives a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Duck sticker, respectively. These Ducks are displayed on the sailboat’s mast or boom (the metal part sticking straight up or the one perpendicular to that) and add to the boat’s street (or water?) cred.

The Raft Up on Lake Union

The Raft Up on Lake Union

Following the race is the Raft Up where participating boats gather in a meandering line and tie up alongside one another. Boats of every shape, size, and condition become neighbors while their sailors catch up, welcome Duck Dodge “virgins,” and celebrate Seattle’s long evenings.

A "perfect" evening for Duck Dodge

A “perfect” evening for Duck Dodge

So this evening, or next time you are along the waterfront on a Tuesday evening (there is an especially good view from Gas Works), keep an eye out for all those boats dodging ducks and having too much fun. Curious about the theme of the week? The schedule is here. Interested in joining in on Duck Dodge? You can visit the Duck Dodge Facebook group or just ask a sailor!

Congratulations to founders Ron Lloyd, Mike Rice, and Bruce Gilbert for not only dodging plenty of ducks but creating a terrific Seattle tradition.

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Schilling Cider set to open cider bar in Fremont

May 22nd, 2014 by Cara

Fremont has a bounty of bars and boasts several breweries as well. However, something new is on its way to please people’s palates. A cider tasting room! Schilling Cider’s tasting room to be specific.

Just over a year ago, Colin Schilling and Mark Kornei founded Schilling Cider across the Fremont Bridge in Colin’s Queen Anne home. These two young entrepreneurs were eager to leave the business world behind and use their MBAs from Willamette University in a new way.

Colin had been making cider at home since college and became increasingly innovative. He and Mark saw an opportunity to apply their educational backgrounds in business and entrepreneurship in a less-than conventional manner. They felt that what Seattle, and the beverage market needed was a well-made, drinkable cider. The result: Schilling’s Original Hard Cider

You can find Schilling Cider on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SchillingCider

You can find Schilling Cider on Facebook here.

It is an exciting time for Schilling Cider, after setting up shop south of Seattle in Auburn just over a year ago, they are currently moving to a new, larger production facility in the same area. Additionally, they want to establish a home for their company near its roots and amongst the beverage-heavy culture that inspired it, so a Schilling Cider tasting room and cider bar is on its way! The cider bar will be located at 708 North 34th Street adjacent to Old School Custard and Impinj, a tech company.

Mark and Colin are very excited about this new phase and have a strong vision for what they want the bar to be. They hope it introduces people not only to their cider but also to the greater world of cider. They plan to encourage this philosophy with a cold case featuring ciders from around the world, a demonstration of cider production, as well as an instillation about the Schilling brand name. With over 30 handles in the new cider bar Mark and Colin hope to not only showcase a variety of Schilling’s ciders but also encourage customers to explore the modern cider industry and its growing offerings.

For the younger generation, A. Schilling & Company was well-known spice brand on the West Coast that was eventually bought out by McCormick. Following this acquisition, McCormick continued to use the Schilling brand name in the region until the early 2000s. The spice company’s namesake and founder August Schilling was Colin’s great-great grandfather. Colin feels a strong connection to this heritage as he begins his own company.

Just as Schilling’s spice company aimed to provide outstanding quality products at reasonable prices, Colin and Mark hope to do the same with cider. Like many new Seattle companies, Schilling Cider also takes sustainability into serious consideration as they produce and market their products. All of these factors have helped shape a unique business plan for the young company.

Schilling Cider has not yet announced an opening date for their tasting room. The team will be working on renovating and designing the space in the months to come. In the meantime, you can find their ciders on tap at several local bars (most often at The Barrel Thief, Brouwer’s, and Outlander Brewing) and on the shelves at PCC, Whole Foods, and BevMo. The company recently announced their expansion to several East Coast states as well. The current seasonal cider is the Grapefruit Cider a unique and tasty twist on the traditional style and available in 22oz bottles.

Cheers Schilling Cider! Welcome to Fremont!
Schilling Cider's newest seasonal offering: Grapefruit Cider

Schilling Cider’s newest seasonal offering: Grapefruit Cider

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Seeking Beer Pouring Volunteers!

May 12th, 2014 by Cara

Bold Hat Productions, the Fremont-based company that brings us Hopscotch Beer & Scotch Festival, the Fremont Fair, and Oktoberfest is partnering with the NW Folklife Festival this year to make Memorial Day an even more festive occasion!

Bold Hat Productions is still seeking volunteers to pour beer during 4 hour shifts in exchange for two drink tickets to use in the Beverage Gardens as well as “a great chance to give back to your community and meet some amazing people in the process!”

There are shifts available from May 23-26th. All volunteers must be 21 years or older and you can register to volunteer here.

There are also volunteer opportunities for the Fremont Fair as well!

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The Way Station Wanders Next Door

May 9th, 2014 by Cara

On the western edge of Fremont, in what some would call Frellard, after 35th Street turns into 36th Street and turns once more in Leary Way there is a coffee shop with a subtle presence but a strong following.

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Which way to the Way Station?

The Way Station (formerly Short Stop Coffee) serves clients as diverse as the mixed residential, commercial, and industrial areas surrounding it. Fabricators, engineers, business owners, passerby on the Burke-Gilman, artists, and the local firemen all frequent the Way Station for what brings so many Seattleites together: Delicious coffee.

The Way Station is currently located just past the Brown Bear Car Wash with only a parking lot separating the building and the Burke-Gilman Trail. This month the Way Station will be making the leap next door to the former home of Emerald City Gardens, a garden shop that closed its doors to downsize in 2013 with more of a focus on online sales and a pop-up shop. This will place the Way Station right along Leary with increased visibility. Hopefully the regulars won’t have too hard of time finding it!

The Way Station's Future Home

The Way Station’s Future Home

The new location will offer all the same services as the current one. Known for extremely friendly and always cheery baristas, The Way Station serves up a full selection of café beverages, including Dillanos on drip and a Drive-thru window. Breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and lunch sandwiches are available to fill customers up and combat the jitters. Local muralist Ryan Henry Ward sells his signature Henry canvases here as well. One of his murals featuring a flock of birds is on an exterior wall alongside the current drive through which is in fact the rear of the Way Station’s new building.

Next time you pass by on Leary slow down and see if they’ve made the leap! Either way stop by the Way Station for a great beverage and grab the latest copy of the Stranger all while in a cheery atmosphere surrounded by the curious creatures of Henry’s imagination.

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Have you heard? It’s time to GiveBig!

May 6th, 2014 by Cara

Many folks may have heard from the various organizations they participate with or donate to about today’s Seattle-wide fundraiser, GiveBig. The Seattle Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is “to foster powerful and rewarding philanthropy to make King County a stronger, more vibrant community for all” puts on this annual event.

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GiveBig is a one-day (May 6th this year) charitable giving event conducted completely online and benefitting over 1,600 nonprofits in the region. Why not just donate to the organizations? For each donation (up to $5,000 per individual) made before midnight tonight to a non-profit, that non-profit will receive “a prorated portion of The Seattle Foundation’s matching funds, or “stretch pool.” The amount of the “stretch” depends on how much is raised in total donations on GiveBIG day.” Donors also have the option to donate directly to the “stretch pool” if they aren’t sure which organization to contribute to.

The “stretch pool” has a limited amount of funds (depending on how many donate) so the amount the Seattle Foundation matches varies. In 2013 the “stretch pool” grew from $850,000 to $1 million over the course of one day! Along with organization-specific donations the online campaign generated $11.1 million in contributions last year.

Some Fremont-area organizations participating in GiveBig are:

Fremont Community School

Fremont Abbey Arts Center

Fremont Community Therapy Project

The Moisture Festival

Stone Soup Theater

APRIL Small Press and Independent Literature Festival

Facing Homelessness

Literacy Source (previously written by Fremont Universe here)

The Seattle Public Library

Solid Ground (formerly the Fremont Public Association)

There are hundreds of other wonderful organizations listed in the Seattle Foundation’s Giving Center. Many of these are grouped into categories such as Basic Needs, Neighborhoods & Communities, Environment, and (probably a Fremont favorite) Arts & Culture.

Whether it’s giving to your favorite non-profit, one you just learned about, or contributing to the “stretch pool” let’s all GiveBig today!

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Food is Fun!

May 5th, 2014 by Cara

Seattleites bid farewell to the warm temperatures and sunshine this weekend and instead embraced cooler temperatures (mid to high 50s oh my!) and sudden showers. In traditional NW fashion the weather did not slow many folks down, especially when it came to the Mobile Food Rodeo this past Sunday in Fremont.

The Fremont Sunday Market occupied it’s normal end of North 34th Street with a wide array of crafts, vintage finds and other wares. Then came the taco trucks, the crepe trucks, the mediterranean trucks, waffle trucks, hamburger trucks, on and on. A feast for the eyes, nose, and of course, the mouth.

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Regular market patrons and visitors alike quickly left the Sunday Market scene and were surround by the Mobile Food Rodeo. This year’s rodeo featured 45 local food trucks, over 20 of which participated in the Taco Libre Showdown sponsored by University VW Audi. Foodies vote throughout the Rodeo for the best taco, in 2013 Marination Mobile took home top honors. Also unique to the Mobile Food Rodeo, each participating truck offers a $5 sample plate so you can taste the variety of their menu and sample even more trucks.

Part of the crowd toted “VIF” badges and were clearly on a mission. A limited number of these “Very Important Foodies” purchased passes for $25 (one-day) to skip the lines and have a minimal wait in the VIF lines.

In additions to the food offerings themselves the variety of truck setups from pig shaped, an impressive custom Mercedes truck, to trailers and retired trolleys livened up the line up. The cast of characters working inside added to the festive air. Full and contented patrons strolled the overcast streets and the showers held off until late afternoon. It’s much easier to be rained on with a full stomach!

Some favorites such as Marination Mobile (previously a regular on N 35th Street), Flair Taco (open 7 days a week next to Piece of Mind), and Off the Rez (previously a regular on N 36th Street) were present. Off the Rez won this year’s Best Taco award to boot! You can check their Facebook to see where they’ll be next.

Other food trucks acted as an extension of a physical location such as Pel Meni Tzar Russian Dumplings (tucked between N 35th and N 36th streets on Fremont Place), Skillet Street Food (with Skillet Diner locations in Ballard and Capitol Hill), Veraci Pizza (located just over on Market Street) and of course, Ezell’s Express serving up the local chain’s famous chicken.

Not done feasting at the food trucks?

You can check out the Seattle Food Truck website or Roaming Hunger to see where your favorite food trucks might be. There are also several food trucks each week at the Fremont Sunday Market so hold off eating until you get there! Also, the Mobile Food Rodeo will be making it’s next appearance at the Seattle Street Food Festival August 8-9th in Capitol Hill.

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A Doodle Distraction

April 30th, 2014 by Cara

Stuck inside on this lovely day? Distract yourself with these Doodles! Google is polling for their 7th annual Doodle 4 Google competition. All across the country students from Kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit their Doodle idea following the theme announced by Google. The 2014 theme is:

“If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

Not a bad thing to think about on such a beautiful day! Here is the State Finalist from Washington:

The State Finalist from Washington

Image from the Doodle 4 Google competition site

Title: Brighter World through Binoculars
Doodler
: Renaise Kim, Lake Washington High School, WA

The Doodle 4 Google Competition

From the initial group of entries Google employees and Guest Judges narrow the Doodles down to 250 State Finalist and from there selects the 50 State Winners. This is when the public comes in! Everyone is invited to vote for their favorites amongst the 50 by selecting one from each group of grades (K-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12). Votes may be cast until 11:59PM on May 9th.

The results of this voting will be announced at Google Headquarters on May 21st. One finalist for each grade group will be selected for a total of 5 National Finalists. Finally, the National Winner will have their Doodle displayed on the Google homepage for 24hours on June 9th.

The grand prize? In addition to some cool tech stuff the winning student receives a $30,000 college scholarship and their school receives a $50,000 Google for Education grant.  The other 4 National Finalists receive a $5,000 college scholarship.

Not quite sure what a Doodle is? Read the history here!

Vote here!

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Seattle due for a sunny week!

April 28th, 2014 by Cara

As many people’s allergies will tell you, it has been a lovely spring, showers included. Seattle has been in full bloom, the grass has gone haywire, and we have seen some dramatic skies. There have been clouds of course, many of them dark and delivering downpours, but the temperatures have remained rather temperate and Seattlites appear eager to be outside again.

This week forecasters are calling for not just sun (note it is forecasted to be “Sunny” not just “Mostly Sunny” for a few days!) but also warmer temperatures. Get ready to bare that sun-deprived skin, dig out your sunglasses, and enjoy!

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Forecast from the National Weather Service.

What are you going to do during this nice weather? BBQ, sun bathe, swim, build something awesome?! Share your plans with us on our Facebook page!

 

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Really Responsible Recycling

April 28th, 2014 by Cara

The future is here! Electronics, devices, and screens are everywhere in our lives! But as we approach more milestones since the inventions of our many devices; for example, color television is 60 years old, home computers have been around for over 35 years, and digital cell phones are 23 years old. As new generations of products come and go whatever will we do with the ones we aren’t using?

Luckily Seattle residents have a couple of options. The Seattle Public Utilities department recommends the following two programs for recycling unwanted electronics, TVs and Computers being some of the most common. Many of these electronics are banned from curbside containers as they contain toxic materials (so that’s how it works!).

Here are some options when it’s time to ditch those old electronics:

- Contact www.ecyclewashington.org or 1-800-RECYCLE for free computer and TV drop-off locations.

-  Visit www.takeitbacknetwork.org  for cell phone and fluorescent light bulb drop-off locations. Some charge a fee.

- Seattle Public Utilities will pick up and recycle TVs, computers and other electronic items from your curb for a $20 fee. Call 206-684-3000 to request an electronics collection. Apartment residents should contact their building manager to arrange for electronics collection.

For Fremont residents the InterConnection Computer Reuse and Learning Center is located just over on Stone Way and 34th.

“InterConnection’s focus is charitable reuse and responsible recycling. The Computer Reuse Center makes proper use of the tons of usable electronic items that are discarded daily, teaches computer maintenance and repair skills to local community members, and provides refurbished computers and monitors to organizations in underserved communities around the world. All data is securely erased from computers received and InterConnection complies with all federal and state regulations for data destruction. A tax deductible receipt is provided for donations.”

This donation site is also InterConnection‘s outlet store with refurbished electronics, low income specials, and trade in offers. InterConnection has been providing recycling, refurbishment, and charitable services since 1999.

SPU also deal with mattresses too! So if you can’t give it away to a college kid or on Craigslist (ever heard of FreeCycle?) please don’t leave it on the street! Contact the Take It Back Network for options.

Earth Day was just a week ago, but we can be aware of our impact everyday! As Fremont and Seattle residents we are fortunate to have a wealth of resources focused on sustainable and environmental causes. If you are unsure how to recycle something or interested in learning more about certain public programs email us at tips@fremontuniverse.com and we will be happy to look into it for you!

 

 

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