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Entries from October 2009

Daylight Savings = more time to trick-or-treat

October 31st, 2009 by Heidi

Not only is Halloween on a Saturday this year, it’s also Daylight Savings Time, which means more time to gather treats.  Don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tonight, too.  While you’re at it, the Seattle Fire Department wants to remind everyone that Daylight Savings is a good time to also change your smoke alarm batteries.  The SFD will even install smoke alarms and batteries for free for homeowners who are senior citizens, living on low income or have a disability.  To request this assistance, call the Seattle Fire Department at 206-386-1337.

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Happy 20th birthday, Troll!

October 30th, 2009 by Heidi

Trolloween, the yearly event that celebrates the birth of the Fremont Troll, is expected to bring out hundreds of performers and people on Halloween night (that’s tomorrow!)  This is a photo of what last year’s celebration looked like.  (Thanks to Marcus for the picture.)

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This year marks the Troll’s 20th birthday, and in celebration of the day, this year’s theme will be Dante’s Inferno.  Rain or not, everyone is invited to join in the merriment through Fremont that begins at the Troll at 7:00 p.m.  Following the procession, there will be an aerial dance performance of Daedalus by the Cabiri.  If it’s raining, the show will take place under the Fremont Bridge.  If not, they’ll be in the lot across from Theo Chocolate.

Seattle Police Department will be escorting this year’s parade, which starts under the Aurora Bridge at the Troll (N. 36th St. and Troll Ave N.)  From there, the route looks like this:

The “Haunt of Fremont” heads west on 36th to Evanston Avenue N; south on Evanston to N 35th Street; west on 35th to First Avenue NW; south on First Ave NW to N Canal Street (which is closed from First Ave NW to Phinney Avenue N for a performance of Dante’s Inferno); east on Canal to N 34th Street; east on 34th to Evanston; south on Evanston to private street; east on private street to the Fremont Bridge.

These streets will be closed on Saturday for Trolloween:

  • 3:00-10:00 p.m. – N. Canal St. between 1st Ave NW and Phinney Ave N.
  • 4:30-8:00 p.m. – N. 36th St. adjacent to the Troll between Linden Ave N. and Whitman Ave N.

For more information, you can visit the Trolloween Facebook page here.

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Halloween to-do list

October 29th, 2009 by Heidi

Halloween is just two days away, and there are lots of treats in store for the weekend.  However, there’s no need to wait until Saturday for fun! 

  • Kids Halloween Craft Night – Theo Chocolate (3400 Phinney Ave N) hosts an evening of crafts for the kiddies from 5:30-7:30 p.m tonight (Thursday).  It begins with chocolate bingo, followed by decorating 2 oz. chocolate bars.  Cost is $7+ tax per child.  Costumes are optional.  No reservations required.
  • Stone Soup Theater (4029 Stone Way N) opens it’s 14th season with “Durang 7″, a series of seven one-act plays from award-winning playwright, Christopher Durang.  Preview show is tonight at 8:00 p.m.  Regular shows begin Friday and run through November 22 (with matinees on Sundays at 2:00 p.m.)  Tickets are $16-$20 and can be bought online here
  • Pumpkins, Knives and Beer – You heard right.  The Traveler (4354 Leary Way NW) is hosting a pre-Halloween pumpkin carving contest on Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Show up at 6 and start cutting away (they’ll also have 22 oz. Dead Guy Ale for 5 bucks).  Judging takes place at 8.  Winner gets a big bottle of Rogue XS Old Crustacean Barley Wine.  Click here to RSVP.
  • Tweak Show” at evo (122 NW 36th St) - Friday from 7:00-10:00 p.m.  Costume contest, games, prizes and showing of Ride snowboard team’s video, ”Along for the Ride”.  First 50 people get a swag bag with a special Tweak Jones Soda bottle, Ride beanie and more.  Free and open to all ages.
  • Trick-or-Treat Fremont – More than 100 businesses are handing out treats to children in costume on Saturday from 2:00-6:00 p.m.  An orange flyer will hang in windows of participating stores.  You can also click here for a map of places to go, or to find where you can pick up a map in person.  (The photo is from a stop at the Fremont Library during last year’s Trick-or-Treat.  Photo courtesy of K. Lindsay.)

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  • Trolloween - Halloween marks the Fremont Troll’s 20th birthday and the annual celebration is expected to be huge.  More than 400 performers and artists are expected to parade through Fremont.  SPD will escort the procession that begins at N. 36th St. and Troll Ave N. and ends under the Fremont Bridge with a performance of “Dante’s Inferno”. 
  • Trolloween After-Party at OmCulture (2210 N. Pacific St) – Live music and dancing at the recently-opened yoga/music/dance space.  Costume contest at midnight.  Cost is $10.   
  • BOO Costume Extravaganza - The neighborhood’s newest Halloween costume and dance party is at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St) on Saturday from 8:00 p.m.-2 a.m.  Costume contest, live music, light show and more.  Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.  Must be 21 to attend.

As usual for live music, check the calendars at High Dive, ToST and Nectar

If you have any events to add to our events calendar, email us at tips@fremontuniverse.com.

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Football (er, soccer) frenzy builds up in Fremont

October 27th, 2009 by Heidi

Buzz is all about for the city’s newest and shiniest sports sensation, the Seattle Sounders, this week.  On Thursday, they kick off Game 1 of a two-match semifinal series in the MLS Playoffs here at home. 

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We spotted a Sounders crew in Fremont this morning trying to get fans excited for Thursday’s match against the Houston Dynamo at Qwest Field (they had another crew in Ballard).  Not that the team needs any help drumming up ticket sales.  In fact, tickets have been hard to come by all season.  

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Playoff tickets went on sale Saturday morning and sold out within 30 minutes.  Due to overwhelming response, though, the Sounders have opened up 3,000 more seats in the upper level at Qwest Field.  Tickets start at just $20 and you can buy them online here.   

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Friends of the Troll’s Knoll receives $6000 grant

October 26th, 2009 by Heidi

After community efforts to clean the green space around the Fremont Troll, plans are moving forward to develop the area thanks to help from the city.

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This weekend, Kimberly Scrivner of Friends of the Troll’s Knoll learned they have received a $6000 grant through the Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Neighborhood Match Fund Grant.  This brings a total of more than $12,000 to help them begin planting trees along Aurora and for mulching the blackberries that were cleared by SDOT crews a couple of months ago.  The grant follows a ”Clean and Green” event attended by Mayor Greg Nickels in August that gave neighbors a first look at preliminary plans for revitalizing the green space surrounding the Troll. 

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Scrivner spearheaded the Friends of the Troll’s Knoll project to help make the area on each side of the Aurora Bridge on N. 36th St. and Troll Way a safe and more utilized interactive space in the Fremont community.   Tonight, she will be presenting the preliminary project designs at the Fremont Neighborhood Council meeting at 7:00 pm. to get additional input.  Several community meetings are being planned to get feedback from the neighborhood and to discuss next steps.  We’ll keep you posted with more information.

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The weekend to-do list

October 23rd, 2009 by Heidi

This weekend’s weather is expected to be a 50/50 split between wet and dry.  Rain or shine, there’s lots to do both inside and out in Fremont this weekend.

  • Take your little ghouls and goblins to Pumpkin Prowl at Woodland Park Zoo.  There will treats and live entertainment throughout the weekend, or visit the creepy critters in Bug World.  Festivities go from 5:00-8:00pm Friday through Sunday.  Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for children 17 and under (kids 2 and under are free).  Get $2 off if you buy tickets from Bartell’s.  This is an after-hour fundraiser so zoo memberships don’t apply. 
  • Fremont Outdoor Cinema is showing a screening of “Dark Side of Oz“, which pairs the music from Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” with the visuals from the film ”The Wizard of Oz”.  Movie starts at 8pm on Friday.  Don’t worry about getting wet; this one’s playing inside Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St).  Cost is free.  You can also buy tickets to next weekend’s BOO Costume Extravaganza for $20 at the screening (regularly $30). 
  • Take Back The Bridge is leading a 2-day event to raise awareness for suicide prevention and money for the Crisis Clinic of King County.  It begins with a 24-hour prayer vigil on the bridge beginning at 5:00pm on Friday.  A pancake breakfast is on Saturday at 8:00am, followed by a group walk over the bridge at 10:30am. 
  • Learn what it takes to designate a historical landmark and all the ins and outs of the system.   The “Landmark This!” Nomination Workshop is from 8:30am-1:00pm on Saturday at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Room 202).  Cost is $20 and includes refreshments and resource materials.  To register, call Historic Seattle at 206-622-6952.
  • The first artist’s workshop at ArtFX Gallery (420 N. 35th St) is appropriate for this time of year.  Leather Mask Making is a 1-day workshop that will teach you how to make a leather mask to fit your face.  Class goes from 10:30am-5:00pm on Saturday.  Cost is $75.  RSVP by calling 206-545-7459 or at artfxgallery@comcast.net.
  • Help give the Troll his annual bath to get him spiffed up for his birthday on Halloween.  Donate time or money, which will be collected during the clean-up from 12:00-4:00pm on Saturday. 
  • Join actor Danny Glover, former NBA player James Donaldson, and community leader Suzie Burke as they participate in a benefit to help orphans of Sierra Leone.  The fundraiser for All As One is on Saturday at 6:00pm at Fremont Studios (155 N. 35th St).  Cost is $125.  Space is limited so RSVP Rob Bowman at robb@allasone.org or by calling (360) 710-9425.  

As usual for live music, check the calendars at High Dive, ToST and Nectar

If you have any events to add to our events calendar, email us at tips@fremontuniverse.com.

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Kickoff time for new sports bar LTD

October 23rd, 2009 by Heidi

After several months of watching it come together, LTD Bar + Grill (309 N. 36th St) is finally opening it’s doors to the public on Saturday.  Co-owner Brian Parks describes it as the “only ‘true’ sports bar in Fremont”. 

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The menu is “high-quality pub fare”, with prices ranging from around $3.25 for a pretzel to $11.25 for steak and fries or meatloaf.  There’s also lots of comfort food staples in between, like Tator Tots, Fried Pickles, Mac & Cheese Wedges and Pigs in a Blanket (all $4.95-$5.95). 

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Eleven flat screen TVs line the walls around the bar and are viewable from virtually any spot inside.  There’s also a pool table, air hockey and 12 beers on tap.  That giant iPhone looking thing hanging on the wall (above) is a digital jukebox.  Gone are the days of discreet song selections here!

LTD will be open for lunch during the week at 11:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. on the weekend.  Happy Hour is from 3:00-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday when several food items will be 4 to 5 bucks.  On Sundays, you can catch a game on TV and enjoy the Sunday Special – a burger and beer for $6.95.

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Take Back The Bridge fundraiser for Crisis Clinic

October 22nd, 2009 by Heidi

An event starting at the Aurora Bridge tomorrow is hoping to bring awareness to suicide prevention and to raise money for the Crisis Clinic of King County.  Take Back The Bridge is a project started by Seattle Firefighter, and Vine Christian Ministries Pastor, Heath Rainwater after he responded to the bottom of the bridge for a suicide attempt last spring.  Sadly, the result was tragic.  ”As a firefighter, I’ve seen many, many, many suicides.  What made this different is I saw this man fall in front of me.”  Helpless to prevent that tragedy, he hopes Take Back The Bridge will inspire people to ”build a better sense of community and bring more personal involvement into people’s lives.”

The 2-day event follows reports of at least three jumping incidents within a single week recently. According to statistics from Seattle FRIENDS (FRemont Individuals & Employees Nonprofit to Decrease Suicides), a person attempts suicide from the Aurora Bridge an average of once every three months, and the bridge is the nation’s second deadliest bridge for suicides. 

Starting in the next few weeks, preliminary construction will begin on a bridge barrier that will hopefully help deter people from jumping.  However, actual installation of the fence likely won’t begin until next spring.  In 2006, six emergency phone lines were installed along the bridge that enable people to call 9-1-1 or the Crisis Clinic’s 24-hour crisis line.  In an article written by the Crisis Clinic regarding the phones and bridge, they note ”that effort has been insufficient in reducing the number of suicides.”  They also add:

Suicide is a serious public health issue. In 2007, King County had 223 suicides; 11% of all deaths investigated by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The phones on the bridge are a lifeline for SOME, although the phones alone have not significantly changed the rates of suicide attempts from the bridge.  And, while a physical barrier on the bridge may be effective, we also need to continue to invest in health care and mental health for everyone so that there are no barriers to getting help for anyone who needs it.

For anyone who wants to get help for themselves or someone they know, the number for the 24-hour crisis line is 206-461-3222 or 866-4CRISIS.  You can also visit www.crisisclinic.org for more information.

This is the schedule for Take Back The Bridge:

  • Friday, October 23:  A 24-hour prayer vigil begins on the bridge at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 24:  Pancake breakfast at Vine Christian Ministries (4000 Whitman Ave N) from 8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  Give what you can.  All proceeds will go to the Crisis Clinic.
  • Saturday, October 24:  Group walk over the Aurora Bridge at 10:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, October 24:  Neighborhood BBQ at Vine Christian Ministries at 3p.m.  Give what you can.  Proceeds benefit the Crisis Clinic.

If you want more information on any of the events, or to volunteer or donate money, visit Take Back The Bridge’s website

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Finch & Sparrow hatches in Fremont

October 21st, 2009 by Heidi

Fremont boutiques Dream and Bliss have a new little sister to add to their flock, this one named Finch & Sparrow (3420 Fremont Ave N).   This is the third shop for owners Neil Silverman and John Tseng, who describes this space (formerly Reprographics Northwest) as their “accessories store”.  

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This shop is all about the trimmings - mostly handbags, jewelry and shoes can be found here.  Yoga-inspired “lifestyle clothing” and outerwear will be the only clothes items rotated seasonally.

Finch & Sparrow softly opened their doors on Saturday so fashionistas can shop while they continue to get settled.  The Grand Opening is slated for November 27 (yes, Black Friday) when local designers will be in-house to help officially kick things off. 

With boutiques now occupying three corners in the heart of Fremont, only time will tell what the fourth corner will be.  We’ll just have to wait for a little birdie to tell us.  

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Caffe Vita is Green & Good

October 20th, 2009 by Heidi

Starting Wednesday, October 21, through October 28, Caffe Vita on Fremont Ave. is participating in the City of Seattle’s Green Eats Week.  Customers who purchase select items during this week will receive coupons good for composting.  The promotion was created by Seattle Public Utilities Food+Compostables program to highlight several local restaurants who are among the first to implement recyclable service ware and customer area composting.

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Green Eats Week will give diners an idea of what to expect when ALL Seattle food establishments will be required to use recyclable or compostable service ware and packaging products by July 1, 2010.  Under Seattle’s new Food Packaging Requirements, area restaurants have already been banned from using styrofoam containers since January 2009.   

On another note, the November issue of GQ Magazine, which just came out, lists Caffe Vita as one of the Top 10 places for Best Coffee in America (Seattle’s Zoka and Stumptown also make the list).  Author Oliver Strand writes about Caffe Vita, “All you need to know is that it’s one of the most complex, provocative cups of coffee you’ll ever taste.” 

Who says good guys finish last?

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Unanimous approval for $927 million tunnel

October 19th, 2009 by Heidi

Today, the Seattle City Council unanimously agreed to move forward with the Alaskan Way Viaduct deep bored tunnel and Seawall Replacement.  According to the City press release, “The agreement authorized today outlines the city and state’s funding and construction responsibilities and outlines Seattle’s $927 million obligation to the project set for completion in 2018.”  The Council has been discussing possible funding sources for the project, which include a possible increase in the Commercial Parking tax and a new Transportation Benefit District to collect vehicle fees.  The Council is expected to act on proposed funding options next year.

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Homeless encampment spotted near poorly-lit stairs

October 19th, 2009 by Heidi

A group of homeless men appear to be living off the stairs on N 43rd St between Palatine and Greenwood Ave in a small encampment.  The stairs lead to and from the #5 Metro route.  There have been no reports of trouble so far but as the days get darker earlier, a Fremont Universe reader sent us an email just so neighbors aren’t caught by surprise.  

This is not a well-lit area and people frequent it to and from the bus stop. It makes me nervous, and I thought the more people are aware the better.

Thanks for the tip, Morgan.

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What’s up this weekend

October 16th, 2009 by Heidi

There’s a lot going on in the neighborhood this weekend.  Whether you want to work outside or play inside, here is a list of a few highlights:

  • Jazz great Rebecca Kilgore and ukulele legend Lyle Ritz perform bossa nova in the basement space at Dusty Strings (3406 Fremont Ave N) on Friday.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $19 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 206-634-1662.
  • Chef Nordo Lefesczki turns the warehouse of Theo Chocolate (3400 Phinney Ave N) into his roving experimental restaurant, Cafe Nordo, for the first time.  “The Modern American Chicken” is a five-course pre-fixe menu that blends theatre and fine dining.  There is only one seating on Friday and Saturday (although dinners run Thursdays-Saturdays until November 21).  Arrive 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $85 and includes five courses plus a wine flight.  More info here
  • Friends of Fremont Peak Park is having a Fall Work Party on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Help plant, weed and mulch the top of the park, rain or shine.  Coffee, snacks and tools will be provided.  RSVP to info@fremontpeakpark.org so they know how many to prepare for.
  • The results of Seattle Weekly’s inaugural Homebrew Competition will be revealed at Brouwer’s Pub (400 N. 35th St.) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.  Sample winners in six categories and one best-in-show.
  • Check out the Telemark film premiere of Josh Madsen’s “The Freeheel Life” on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at Nectar (412 N. 36th St).  You can watch the movie trailer here

For live music, check the calendars at High Dive, ToST and Nectar

If you have any events to add to our events calendar, email us at tips@fremontuniverse.com.

 

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Weekend traffic alert on Aurora Ave

October 16th, 2009 by Heidi

Seattle Department of Transportation crews are planning to close one southbound lane and one northbound lane of Aurora Ave N. on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  The lanes will close just south of N. 50th St. so crews can replace a crash cushion.

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Big turnout at school boundary meeting

October 14th, 2009 by Geeky Swedes

Nearly 200 parents met at Ballard High School on Wednesday night at a community feedback meeting organized by the school district to discuss the new school boundary maps.

The district said it’s planning on making an adjustment to the maps, which it will release on November 3rd. “I know that a lot of people in this room are not happy, but all I can tell you is that’s where the data lead us to,” said Tracy Libros, who heads up enrollment for Seattle Public Schools. “When you put all the numbers together of where the students live and where the buildings are located, that is where the first proposed boundaries, which do need adjustment, landed.” My Ballard was there and has full coverage here.

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Volunteer tutors needed at B.F. Day

October 14th, 2009 by Heidi

Community volunteers are wanted to help tutor 1st through 5th-grade students in reading and math at B.F. Day Elementary School.  The tutors are needed for the after-school mentoring program starting October 20 and going through March 25, 2010.  Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:05-4:20pm and materials will be provided.  Service Learning Credit will also be given.  Families at the school speak 14 different languages so bi-lingual volunteers are a plus, but not necessary. 

There’s an orientation tomorrow, October 15, from 3:00-4:00pm for those who are interested.  Contact Beth Tesh at 206-252-6042 or email her at bltesh@seattleschools.org for more information.

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