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Entries from June 2009

A preview of Fremont Fair’s many events

June 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The parade is just the beginning — this year’s Fremont Fair is jam-packed with entertaining musical acts and events. And don’t forget proceeds from the fair support Solid Ground, so it’s all for a good cause.

There are 30 bands and musicians scheduled across Saturday and Sunday, including Paula Maya, the Radio Nationals and Carrie Clark & The Lonesome Lovers (pictured). And we can’t help but mention the band Stay Tuned, “the world’s only rock tribute to television, performing classic TV themes like you’ve never heard them before.” They’re playing Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Stage. Full musical lineup here.

One of the more popular events is the Seattle Artcar Blowout, dozens of art-decorated cars in the Upper Burke Building parking lot on 35th St. “It’s public art available on the road and not in private galleries,” explains local artist Kelly Lyles. The event runs all weekend. (Photo from Holy Outlaw)

On both Saturday and Sunday, you can catch a sneak peak of Balagan Theatre’s production of Taming of the Shrew, 10:30 am in Canal Park. Saturday at 3:30 p.m., On The Double (dutch), an adult double dutch team, will perform on the Waterfront Stage. At 4 p.m., the Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team will perform at the corner of 34th and Phinney. Sunday at 1 p.m., five-time world rope jumping artist and Cirque Du Soleil performer Rene Bibaud shares her freestyle routine on the Waterfront stage. Full event schedule here.

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Finishing touches being added to parade costumes

June 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A few people are at the Fremont Arts Council this afternoon.

Debbie just finished up her bird hat and wanted to show off her lacy, sparkly wings that she’ll be wearing in Saturday’s Solstice Parade. We’re told that things will really start picking up later this evening when more people come in to add the finishing touches to the floats and costumes. Later tonight, around 10 p.m., the floats will be moved to the start of the parade route at NW 36th & 3rd NW.

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Solstice Parade preview and route

June 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Fremont’s biggest bash is hours away.  The annual Solstice Parade kicks off at 36th and 3rd beginning at noon tomorrow (Saturday). Here’s the route:

And here’s the official program (.pdf file). The forecast is mostly cloudy with some showers, but expect BIG crowds as always. Parking in the neighborhood is typically very difficult, so if you’re driving, get there early. Then wait for the 200 or so naked painted bicyclists to kick things off — the parade’s most popular event — followed by “Phoenix Rising,” this year’s theme float with a firebird rising out of the ashes.

Scene from last year’s parade. Stay tuned for coverage of the parade and the Fremont Fair throughout the weekend right here on Fremont Universe.

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Fremont to be realigned with the universe

June 19th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

If you’ve felt a little “off” in the neighborhood recently, it may be because the Center of the Universe is a bit off-kilter.

On Saturday at noon — right as the parade gets underway — a Troll contingent will gather to correct the placement of the arrow that connects Fremont with the Center of the Universe. “Solstice Parade attendees may unfortunately experience side effects of euphoria, clarity and unexplained motivation. Relief may be found by dancing in the streets,” the Fremont Arts Council says.

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Marination Mobile opens today in Fremont

June 17th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A new place to grab some grub opens in Fremont today. Marination Mobile travels around to several neighborhoods and today is Fremont’s day! The Hawaiian-Korean taco truck will be parked at Soundspeed Scooters (132 N. Canal St.) serving lunch every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chef Cathy Calleja, formerly of Yarrow Bay Grill, will be dishing up kalbi beef, spicy pork, miso-ginger chicken, kalua pork, and tofu that are marinated in signature sauces. Or if you’d like to try something a bit different, there’s also the kimchi fried rice bowl, kimchi quesadilla, and SPAM musubi.

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Meet the candidates on Wednesday

June 16th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

It’s only June, but the political season is already underway. Meet the candidates for Mayor, City Attorney and City Council on Wednesday at the “Fremont Chamber’s Picnic in the Park: Candidate Forum.” The round-table “timed networking” event will allow candidates to rotate around the area to meet everyone, so bring questions with you. The event is at noon at the Gasworks Park picnic area. It is hosted by the Fremont Chamber, North Seattle Industrial Association, Wallingford Chamber, and The Aurora Merchants Association. Cost is $20 with RSVP ( or $25 without RSVP.

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More bridge construction this week

June 14th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Expect some delays heading into downtown across the Fremont Bridge this week. The Seattle Department of Transportation plans to close the southbound lane and sidewalk again this week. They’re planning to work from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Crews will be repairing the sidewalk.

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Photos from the Fremont 5k and Briefcase Relay

June 12th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Perfect weather attracted a big crowd at the Fremont 5k and Briefcase Relay.

The most entertaining event is the relay, attracting costumed runners packing briefcases full of canned food — all to support the non-profit Solid Ground.

The relay team called, ahem, “Test Icicles” came in first place, with Troy Ruckman (above) crossing the finish line with a time a bit over 16 minutes. His team’s secret of success? “I think it’s probably our stylish design, our low friction sleeves and high compression socks,” he told us.

The most popular costume is standard business wear, but we also saw caped superheroes, baseball players and construction workers.

After the relay and 5k run, participants enjoyed food and drinks at a beer garden at Adobe Plaza. Last year, the rain kept attendance low, but this year it looks like a great turnout. More photos on the new Fremont Universe page on Facebook.

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Penguins start their march today

June 12th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

The colorful, creative and bedazzled penguins start their march today toward the Woodland Park Zoo. Back in April the Zoo did a “call for artists” to dress up 22-inch fabricated penguins in honor of the new Humboldt Penguin exhibit. Today, more than 50 penguins will start migrating from the Seattle Center through Ballard, Fremont and Greenwood/Phinney. Shown here is Laura Bee Designs’ “Dorothy Parker Penguin” complete with a pearl button necklace and a patent leather purse. Tonight the Art Up/Open Up Greenwood-Phinney art walk will feature 30 of the penguins from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The penguins will be auctioned off in July to benefit Woodland Park Zoo’s field conservation program.

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Lace up for the Fremont 5k and Briefcase Relay

June 11th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Today’s annual Fremont 5k and Briefcase Relay has a new twist. “In support of our event benefactor Solid Ground, we are changing the rules of the Briefcase Relay and asking that each team carry five cans of food inside their briefcase rather than a copy of the Seattle Yellow pages,” organizers explain.

If you’re new to the event, you can run in the 5k without a briefcase, or you can participate in the relay. Since it’s Fremont, costumes are encouraged. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. at Adobe Plaza (34th and Fremont Ave.), and the Briefcase Relay inspection is at 5:30. The Briefcase Relay kicks off at 6, and the 5k run and walk begins at 7. After the race, there’s food, drinks and prizes. Registration is $35 per person the day of the event. Lots more details here.

By the way, John Curley, formerly of Evening Magazine fame, will be running in the 5k with a new schtick of his called “I Beat John Curley.” For people who sign up on his website, if they beat him in the race, and their name is drawn, Curley donates $500 to $1000 dollars to their favorite charity. (Photo of the Briefcase Relay from 2007 by Wxwillet.)

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New restaurant and sports bar coming to 36th

June 11th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

A liquor license application from “LTD Bar & Grill” is posted in the window of the empty building on 36th St., just west of Phinney Ave.

We stopped by Sinners and Saints, the new bar next door, and they said a restaurant and sports bar will be moving in there soon.

We’ll keep you updated.

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City to complete Burke Gilman ‘missing link’

June 10th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Despite an appeal from a group of Ballard businesses, the City of Seattle’s hearing examiner has ruled that plans to bridge the “missing link” of the Burke Gilman trail in Ballard will move forward. My Ballard has the story here.

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Volunteers needed for the Fremont Fair

June 10th, 2009 by Joe

The 38th annual Fremont Fair is upon us, June 20th and 21st, and any Fremont residents who have lived through one of these weekends knows what a great party this is, and how many people crowd into Fremont to celebrate our quirky neighborhood and the Summer Solstice.  But, did you also know that the Fremont Fair is the largest fundraiser of the year for Solid Ground?

From the Fremont Fair’s website:

And while Fremont Fair continues to emphasize good times, don’t forget about the good work it does by raising awareness and understanding of the needs of low-income people in our community.  Produced by The Workshop, benefiting the programs of Solid Ground, all donations received during this FREE event go directly to fund their programs that provide shelter, food, advocacy and care for low-income families and individuals throughout Seattle and King County.

The Fremont Fair is driven by volunteers like you, who want to have fun and make a diffenerence in your local community.  Kelly Ward, the volunteer coordinator over at Solid Ground, sends along this note:

We still need lots of volunteers to be greeters at the fair entrances.  Every year we raise around $36,000 at the fair and this is largely because we have smiling, happy volunteers at each gate to say hello and thank people for coming.  Shifts range from 2.5 – 4 hours on June 20th and 21st.  You can read more about volunteering at the fair and sign up for a shift at:

So head on over and become a part of making this year’s Fremont Fair happen!  You’ll have a great time, and help address the issues of food and shelter for our neighbors who need you.

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Taco del Mar turns back the clock

June 10th, 2009 by Joe

Courtesy of Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Food Blog, we’ve learned that on Friday, June 12th, Taco Del Mar in Fremont, which recently re-opened, will be offering burritos at the same price as when Taco Del Mar originally opened.  Here’s the press release:

The Fremont Taco Del Mar is celebrating its reopening by rolling back burrito prices to the first year it started dishing out Baja-style burritos and fish tacos. On June 12, for one day only, customers and Mexican-food lovers alike can purchase a Mondo burrito for just $2.95, over $2 in savings. Customers will also receive additional coupons to use at their next Taco Del Mar visit. The Fremont Taco Del Mar, open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., is located at 3526 Fremont Pl. N, Seattle, WA 98103.

So enjoy Fremonsters!  Hit ’em up for a cheap lunch, hey, why not go back again for a cheap dinner?

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Sidewalk construction on Fremont Bridge this week

June 9th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

If you’re one of the hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists who cross the Fremont Bridge every day, here’s a minor detour to report. From Wednesday at 9 a.m. to Friday at 2:30 p.m., SDOT crews will be working on the sidewalk on the west side of the bridge, replacing the concrete panels. Foot and bicycle traffic will be detoured to the east side of the bridge, and drivers won’t be affected.

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Fremont moviemaker wins at SIFF

June 8th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Fremont movie-maker Martin Fossum has won an award at the Seattle International Film Festival for the Seattle Times’ 2009 3-Minute Masterpiece. The film, “Interstice” is a study of walkways and water at the Ballard Locks. The film was shot in sequence on Super8 film and there was no post-production editing. Fossum was one of nine winners in this category, the grand prize going to a 14-year-old from Bellevue. You can see the winning films here.

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