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Entries from February 2010

Meet the finalists for the 46th Street Mural Project

February 28th, 2010 by Heidi

46th St Mural Project logo

The call for artists to design the 46th Street Mural Project has been narrowed down to three finalists.  On Tuesday, March 2, the community is invited to meet artists Susan Brown, Todd Lown and Kristen Ramirez at an open house where they will each share their ideas for a mural to brighten the underpass under Highway 99 (Aurora Ave) at 46th Street.              (Logo by Bob Suh)

The project received an award from the Department of Neighborhoods’ Small and Simple Projects Fund in January.  Some guerrilla art appeared on Thursday afternoon, reminding people of the project that is slated to begin this summer.  The hand-painted signs mark the area near where the mural will be created.


(Photo by Linda Clifton)

Tuesday’s meeting to meet the 46th Street Mural Project finalists is at the Fremont Abbey (4272 Fremont Ave) from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and will also be an opportunity for the artists to hear what the community would like to see.  Light refreshments will be provided by Lighthouse Roasters and Marketime.  For more information and updates on the project, visit their Facebook page.  (Thanks to Kirby for the photos!)

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Enter to get some popular Zoo Doo

February 25th, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

The annual Spring Fecal Fest is here again. The popular Zoo Doo has been piling up and the “Prince of Poo” is ready to get rid of the “most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest,” as the zoo calls it.

Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo
To enter for a chance to buy some of this steamy Zoo Doo or Bedspread (similar to Zoo Doo, but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust), send in a postcard from March 5 through March 20.

You are only allowed to send in one postcard for each drawing. For Zoo Doo, mark your postcard “Zoo Doo.” For Bedspread, mark your postcard “B.S.” Entry cards will be selected randomly for as many entrants possible. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. Send a standard postcard to:
Dr. Doo
Woodland Park Zoo
601 N. 59th St.
Seattle, WA 98103.

Include the following information:

• Name
• Day and evening phone numbers
• Preference: Zoo Doo or Bedspread
• Amount of Zoo Doo or Bedspread you’d like to purchase (anything from a garbage bag to a full-size, pick-up truck load)
• Weekday or weekend preference for pick-up

The cost for Zoo Doo and Bedspread: Pick-up truck 8×4 bed: $60; 6×4 bed: $45; 6×3 bed: $35. Limit one full truck per person. Garbage cans: $8 to $10 depending on size; bags: $4 to $6 depending on size. Two-gallon and pint-sized buckets are available anytime at the ZooStore for $14.95 and $4.95, respectively.

Pick-up dates for Zoo Doo or Bedspread begin April 16 through May 2. The lucky winners load the compost, using shovels provided by the zoo.

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Vicars & Tarts Party at Hale’s Palladium

February 25th, 2010 by Heidi

In the spirit of the carnival season, Hale’s Palladium is hosting its first Vicars & Tarts themed costume party this weekend on Saturday, February 27. 


The popular English tradition (made memorable by Bridget Jones’ bunny outfit) is a party where men dress as clergy and women as tarts – or even the other way around.  Saturday’s Vicars & Tarts party will feature live music, a dance floor, cabaret acts and, of course, a costume contest.  Cost is $15 with a costume, $20 without one.  The Palladium is located in the back warehouse of Hale’s Brew Pub (4301 Leary Way NW, Fred Meyer side).

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Are there graffiti concerns in Fremont?

February 24th, 2010 by Heidi

Graffiti has been a concern for Fremont in the past.  People have woken up to find their cars and homes tagged.  The Bridge Mural under Aurora has been damaged more than once.

We are collaborating with The Seattle Times and its news partners on a graffiti-related piece and we’d like to know your thoughts: Do you think there is a graffiti problem in Fremont?  Where are the trouble spots?  Is this a growing concern?  Has it gotten better or worse?  Are any groups in the neighborhood monitoring or cleaning it up?  Is there an effective way to keep taggers away?  Post your thoughts in the comments below or email

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Man stabbed at 7-Eleven on Stone Way

February 23rd, 2010 by Geeky Swedes

Updated: Police and medics responded to a report of a man stabbed in the back at the 7-Eleven at Stone Way and N 40th St. just after 6 p.m.

Police say the stabbing was the result of a fight between a man with a crowbar and a man with a knife. The victim, a man in his 50’s, was treated just outside the front door of the 7-Eleven and rushed to the hospital. He’s expected to survive his injuries.

Police are looking for the suspect, believed to be driving a white Mustang with a female front seat passenger. The Mustang had at least two windows smashed out by the subject wielding the crowbar. Other than the vehicle, officers say they don’t have a suspect description.

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Last week for Zoo’s night exhibit

February 23rd, 2010 by Heidi

This is the last week to see your favorite creatures that go bump in the night at Woodland Park Zoo.  The zoo’s Night Exhibit closes its doors on Monday, March 1.

(Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo)

Several animals will transfer to other exhibits within the zoo.  Currently the north end of the Adaptations Building is closed to make modifications to house the Rodrigues fruit bats (seen above), tamanduas and springhaas that will move there.  Construction is also being done for a new meerkats exhibit that brings them back to the zoo after a 10-year absence.  Both the meerkat exhibit and Adaptations Building will re-open on May 1.

Closure of the Night Exhibit is due to the need for the zoo to reduce annual expenses by $800,000 to $1 million in order to prevent a budget shortfall.  Since the Night Exhibit’s closure date was announced, the community has donated $5,500 to help modify existing areas for the remaining animals and to support their long-term care.  Donations are still being accepted online or by mail to the “Nocturnal Animal Fund” at Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St, Seattle WA 98103.

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Discuss plans for the Troll’s Knoll tonight

February 22nd, 2010 by Heidi

This is a reminder that there is a community meeting tonight (February 22) to brainstorm ideas for development of the Troll’s Knoll.  Friends of the Troll’s Knoll is applying to the Seattle Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund, which will award up to $7 million for community initiated park development or property acquisition projects. 

The main goal for tonight’s meeting is to finalize the site development plan in order to complete the application that is due April 1.  They welcome any ideas for shaping the space surrounding both sides of the Fremont Troll.  Back in October, Friends of the Troll’s Knoll received a $6000 matching grant from the Department of Neighborhoods Small and Simple Projects Fund.  There are plans for a tree planting event sometime in April.  I’ll keep you posted when they set an exact date.  If anyone would like to volunteer for that or a number of different opportunities, call Kimberly Scrivner at 253-732-0885.

Tonight’s meeting is being held at Fremont Baptist Church (717 N. 36th St) from 6:30-8 p.m.  The meeting room is on the east side of the building at the bottom of the ramp.  You can find more information on the progress of the Troll’s Knoll project on their Facebook page or read this article here.

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Aurora Bridge lane closures this week

February 21st, 2010 by Heidi

The right hand, southbound lane of the Aurora Bridge will be closed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (February 22-24) of this week.  Seattle Department of Transportation says the lane will be closed from 9 a.m. to noon each of those days so crews can repair the exterior surface of a bridge column.

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Brazilian Carnaval takes over Nectar on Saturday

February 19th, 2010 by Heidi

The 16th annual Brazilian Carnaval hits Nectar Lounge (412 N. 36th St) on Saturday night.  This year’s theme is “From Chiquinha to Ivete” and honors Brazilian female songwriters.


The show features internationally renowned Brazilian recording artist   Eduardo Medonça and performing ensemble Show Brazil!, who will perform compositions from both Chiquinha Gonzaga and Ivete Sangalo.  Show Brazil! is a musical troupe known for performing carnaval music that depicts Brazilian carnaval’s vast history from the early-1900s to present day.

The show starts at 9:00 p.m. and doors open at 8:30.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

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Kaosamai expands restaurant walls

February 19th, 2010 by Heidi

You may have noticed the construction taking place outside Kaosamai Thai Restaurant (404 N. 36th St) for the last week or so. 

An employee tells me they’re expanding the restaurant, as well as making improvements to the deck for outdoor dining.  Construction is expected to last a couple of months but the restaurant will be open while renovations take place.  Of course, you can always catch one of Kaosamai’s mobile lunch trucks at the Shell gas station east of SPU or at The Center for Wooden Boats near Lake Union, too!  (Thanks Robby for the tip and pictures!)

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Fremont Peak Park work party on Sunday

February 19th, 2010 by Heidi

The weather is supposed to be nice this weekend so it’s a perfect time to put your green thumb to use.  Friends of Fremont Peak Park have planned a work party for this Sunday, February 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the park (4357 Palatine Ave N).


Rain or shine, they’ll be planting 150 replacement plants in the parking strip and doing some weeding and mulching. 

Last year’s weed seeds are leaping into action right now, vying to be the most dominate species.  Help us fight back and make sure our carefully-chosen natives and ornamentals hold their ground.  This is the best time to pull the new weeds – while they are small and the soil is moist.  Even Scotch Broom and Ivy are easy to pull at this time of year.  Doing this now means much less work later and it will help our chosen plants get the upper root.

This round of plants is estimated to cost about $750 so if you can’t help but would like to donate money, Friends of Fremont Peak Park will save reserve funds for future park improvements.  They also have an Adopt-A-Spot program for anyone who wants to adopt an area of the park to care for and maintain on your own time. 

Coffee and some snacks will be provided at Sunday’s work party but snack donations are always welcome.  Volunteers can bring your own cup, shovel and spare buckets if you have them, too.  RSVP to if you plan to help so they know how many people to prepare for and expect.  

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43rd District legislators host town hall this weekend

February 18th, 2010 by Heidi

The 43rd District legislators are hosting a town hall meeting this Saturday, February 20, at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Ave, see map) from 1:30-3:00 p.m.  Senator Ed MurrayHouse Speaker Frank Chopp  and Representative Jamie Pedersen will update constituents on the 2010 Legislative Session and answer questions ranging from the state budget crisis to replacement of the SR 520 bridge.  The Legislative Session began in January and continues through mid-March.

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Fremont Fair open house tonight

February 17th, 2010 by Heidi

2010 marks the first year that the Fremont Chamber of Commerce will take control of the annual Fremont Fair.  As a I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the Chamber takes the reigns from Solid Ground, who has produced the 2-day summer celebration for nearly 40 years.

As a reminder, there is an open house tonight to brainstorm ideas for this year’s fair, which takes place June 19-20.  The meeting will be at The Ballroom (456 N. 36th St) from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Any businesses or residents interested in helping to shape the Fremont Fair is encouraged to attend.  Pizza will even be provided by the Fremont Chamber!

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Taco Del Mar to become Mediterranean fast food

February 16th, 2010 by Heidi

People trying to fill their Taco Del Mar punch cards will have to look outside of Fremont to do so now.  For the past couple of weeks, many of you have been wondering if the closure of the Fremont location was just temporary (after all, this isn’t the first time it’s been closed).  A sign on the outside of the space at 3526 Fremont Place N indicates that the close is for real and that a new Mediterranean fast food restaurant will be moving into its place. 


The new restaurant is called Sinbad and according to the large banner they’ll be offering items including gyros, falafels and kabobs.  No word yet as to when they’ll be open but I’ll keep you posted when I find out.

Last month Taco Del Mar Franchising filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  The Mexican fast-food chain’s stores were expected to stay open and individual franchisees were said not to be in bankruptcy.  It’s unclear if the Chapter 11 filing has any relation to the closure of Taco Del Mar’s Fremont location.


Animals enjoy Valentines Day, too

February 16th, 2010 by Chris Mongillo

Determined to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the animals of the Woodland Park Zoo, a crowd of hearty Washingtonians scoffed at the wind and rain last Saturday to watch animals share Valentine’s Day-themed treats like heart-shaped boxes filled with fruit, heart-shaped fruit wreaths and heart-shaped ice pops.

The annual event is what’s called “thematic enrichment,” according to zoo spokesperson Gigi Allianic. “Enrichment is the process of creating a challenging environment to address an animal’s social, psychological and physical needs,” Allianic said. She added that such events contribute to successful breeding of endangered species in captivity and connecting zoo visitors to the animals. “It’s an opportunity for visitors to learn about behavioral enrichment,” Allianic said.

Allianic said themed events are not only a great way for visitors to learn about the zoo’s animals, but is also an important part of caring for the animals. “It reinforces natural behavior such as exploring and foraging and is a part of the daily care program,” Allianic said.

While Valentine’s Day at the zoo is a hit with heart-shaped treats being fed to the animals, Allianic said it’s not the only event that draws a crowd. The zoo offers other events on Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Allianic said she proposed the idea in 2004 of having a series of zoo events that corresponded to yearly holidays. The idea became reality with the help of the zoo’s animal management team.

On Saturday, zoo visitor Carroll Ladasgaskin was standing in a nearby tree to watch several lemurs fight over a heart-shaped box smothered in smashed bananas. She said she found out about the event by accident last year during a Valentine’s Day visit.

“We were so excited; we went around to every place we could go,” Ladasgaskin said.

Ladasgaskin said this year she was going to hurry to visit all of the animals she could before the zoo closed for the day.

“As soon as these [lemurs] are finished we’re gonna run, even in the rain,” she said.

Ladasgaskin added that she is very excited not only for her own enjoyment of the animals, but for the positive affects these events have on the animals themselves.

“I think it’s great because animals that are enclosed, as beautiful an environment as this is — they need enrichment; they need to have little spices in their life just like us,” Ladasgaskin said. “I think it’s quite perfect.”

Zoo visitor said Beau Hayden said he and his family didn’t know about the event prior to their visit, but really enjoyed it and are looking forward to coming back next year. Hayden said his favorite animals of the day were the snow leopards. “They gave them a box and they were playing with it; it was really cool,” Hayden said.

Of course adults weren’t the only ones who had a good time; a young brother-sister duo by the names of Liam and Frances said they had a lot of fun, too.

When asked what his favorite animal was and what treat it got, Liam said he liked the gorillas and that they got a paper bag as their treat.

Frances said she liked most of the monkeys but wasn’t able to see what their treat was.

The next enrichment event at the Woodland Park Zoo will be Easter-themed, on April 3. For more information about upcoming events, visit the Woodland Park Zoo events calendar.

(Contributor Chris Mongillo is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.)

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Theo works hard to make chocolate a health food

February 15th, 2010 by Heidi

It’s no secret that eating chocolate – in moderation, of course – has health benefits that include lowering blood pressure, improving circulation and keeping the heart healthy.  Not to mention it just downright tastes good.  Now it seems that Fremont’s Theo Chocolate is attempting to take the cocoa confection’s health benefits even further.  

In a story from our news partner, The Seattle Times, they reveal how Theo’s resident scientist, Andy McShea, looks to researchers at the University of Washington to help him study chocolate on a molecular level.  The goal is to make it a more healthful, yet still tasty treat.  McShea tells the Times, “We’re working hard to figure out a way to separate the health effects from the calories and retain the flavor.”  A healthy chocolate that tastes good and doesn’t go straight to the gut?  Okay, I’ll bite.  You can read more about Theo’s scientific efforts here

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