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Entries from April 2011

Celebrate May Day In Woodland Park

April 29th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

May Day! May Day! May Day!

The Fremont Arts Council wants you to join them for a celebration this Sunday, May 1st between 3-10pm for May Day. FAC is taking over the field to play games, dance, sing, and weave the May-pole!

You can join the fun at the park entrance near Aurora and 60th, next to the horseshoe courts (see PDF of the park here).

Feel free to bring a dish, beverages or tableware to share and bring flowers and natural materials for creating head wreaths. Wearing white is also encouraged.

Volunteers are needed, so if you’re interested contact Rodman at rodman (at) rodmanstudio (dot) com.

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Troll’s Knoll Project Awarded $685,000

April 29th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Big changes are coming to the Fremont Troll (much to Knute Berger’s chagrin).

Back on December 6th, Seattle Parks and Recreation announced that the plans for Troll’s Knoll was among the possible recipients for their Parks and Green Spaces Levy Opportunity Fund grants.

On March 10th, Troll’s Knoll received that funding, which includes $685,000 to turn the land on both sides of the Troll into a new park space featuring a community P-Patch, pathways, wildflowers, new seating and more.

The City of Seattle will be implementing the project and they anticipate the planning and design to begin in 2012, with construction in 2013.

There will be at least 2 large public meetings to discuss the conceptual and schematic designs which the PAT will be integrally involved with.

Stay up to speed on the project by following the Friends of Troll’s Knoll on Facebook.

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Join George & Dragon To Watch William & Kate

April 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Royal Wedding is tomorrow, but then again you already knew that.

If you’re planning on getting up at 2 a.m. to watch it live, God save you (and the Queen). If not, The George & Dragon Pub will be opening its doors at 10 a.m. on Friday so you can watch the blessed union while also eating a lot of meat.

The George & Dragon Pub in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood will also be showing a tape of the wedding from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Ladies wear your hats, and gents wear your suits” declares the pub’s fliers. In addition to the pub’s usual fare, there will be cucumber sandwiches, sausage rolls and meat pies.

Enjoy, though please, please, please, for the sake of any British ex-pats in Fremont, please keep your poorly-accented outbursts of “tally ho!,” “spot of tea,” and “‘allo guvnah” to a minimum.

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Fremont’s Groundspeak Among Seattle’s Best Places To Work

April 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Met and the experts at Best Companies Group recently used the results of a survey to decide the 20 companies in the area that do the best job fostering “a work-hard, play-hard culture.” One Fremont-based company made the cut.

Groundspeak (501 N 34th St.) is a tech company that monitors a global geocaching community engaged in round-the-clock, modern-day treasure hunts. Their employees are charged with ensuring that the game keeps running smoothly for their many customers. That can be tough work with long hours, so the benefits at Groundspeak have to be good…

Their Fremont office comes equipped with an Xbox, and a fridge stocked with sandwiches from Homegrown fuels picnic lunches along the Burke-Gilman trail. They play kickball and poker on Friday nights, take off the occasional Wednesday to use their free lift tickets at Stevens Pass, and go group geocaching…well, whenever. But how do they slip past the bosses? “The founders are the ones who initiate it,” says Reini Chipman, head of HR. “Our finance manager beat our CEO in poker last week.”

And in case you’re wondering, they’re hiring.

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Muse’s Market Brings Its ‘Sustainable-Focused Theatrical Concert’ To Fremont Abbey

April 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Muse’s Market is a nationally touring, carbon neutral, theatrical concert presenting inspired musicians, educational speakers, spoken word poetry, and fine art in performance arts spaces where listening is the priority. The show is making its stop in Seattle amidst a 5-week West Coast tour this Friday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m.

The line-up includes Gabrielle Louise, Panama Soweto, Sebastião Salgado, Jimmy Danko and Laurie Maves.

To learn more about the show or purchase tickets, check out their website. You can also purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.


Thursday: Dining Out for Life in Fremont

April 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

This Thursday, April 28, is the 18th annual Dining Out for Life event. Throughout Puget Sound, restaurants will donate a percentage of each diner’s bill to support Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

Participating Fremont restaurants are Blue Moon Burgers, Caffe Vita and Kylie’s Chicago Pizza. You can book a reservation on the Dining Out for Life site.

You can also enter for your chance to win amazing prize packages (packages will be announced in April) when you dine out at a participating restaurant on Thursday. To enter, simply ask your restaurant’s staff for a raffle envelope and drop it in the Dining Out For Life donation box.

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Sunny Saturday For Earth Day Celebration

April 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

By Ivana Cheong

On Saturday, April 23, the sun shone brightly at Gas Works Park. Families and friends gathered to enjoy the warm weather, while the Washington Environmental Council, Climate Solutions, Sierra Club, CoolMom, and Earth Ministry hosted an Earth Day celebration.

The event highlighted the Coal-Free Washington Campaign, a movement to phase out coal power in Washington State and transition into renewable energy sources. According to the Sierra Club, the TransAlta coal plant in Centralia is the largest source of global warming pollution in Washington. To help educate the public, the event featured speakers from different organizations, such as City Councilman Mike O’Brien, State Representative Marko Liias, and Andrew Rose of Sierra Club.

Andrew Rose of Sierra Club addresses the crowd

“Since we are the Evergreen State, we should champion environmental causes more like this one,” said one of the attendees. “More people need to realize that they can help out on many levels. We got to lobby, call our representatives, or just spread the awareness and be educated. Otherwise, the corporations will just roll over right on top of us.”

In addition to the speeches, guests also enjoyed a free barbecue, live musical entertainment, and kite-making activities.

Moon Drops performs

According to Robin Everett, the event’s organizer, the next step in the campaign is to reduce coal exports. “There has been a good chance to keep the neighborhood involved, with events like this,” said Everett. “But we’ve got a long way to go and we have to all work together to keep the campaign moving forward.”

For more information on the campaign, visit

Ivana Cheong is the My Wallingford intern and studies Communications at the University of Washington.

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Fire Shuts Down Fremont Ave. Laundromat

April 25th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Scary times Monday morning when a fire broke out at the Fremont Ave. Laundromat at 43rd & Fremont Ave N.

The fire broke out sometime after 3 a.m. Monday morning. According to the Seattle Fire Department, there was nobody inside and no one was hurt.

The fire apparently started near the rear of the laundromat but all you have to do is look at the front to know it made its way through the entire building. The windows are smokey and one of the front doors was damaged, possibly by firemen entering the building.

The cause had not yet been determined as of Monday afternoon. No word on how long the laundromat will be out of commission.

You can see a photo of the fire trucks at the scene in the early morning here.

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This Week In The Fremont Troll

April 25th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Should we get rid of the Fremont Troll?  Even suggesting as much within the Fremont neighborhood limits is tantamount to treason. So it’s probably a good thing that Crosscut’s curmudgeon Knute Berger wrote his “Icons we could do without” elsewhere.

Fremont is a trove of questionable local icons. The Fremont Troll is ugly and charmless. I say this as someone who grew up on Scandinavian folk stories and learned that trolls are not cuddly forest denizens but creepy serial killers who lie in wait. The Fremont Troll is a bearded Ted Bundy.

Oh dear, someone’s not going to be elected King Faerie of the Solstice Parade anytime soon…

The Seattle Times’ Bruce Ramsey comes to the Troll’s rescue:

Of course the Troll is ugly. Trolls are supposed to be ugly. But trolls are fun. I have taken out-of-town visitors there several times, day and night, and there is almost always somebody else there, climbing on it, taking photos of it or just gawking at it. That’s not true of most public art in Seattle, but it is true of the Troll. Kids especially like it.

Berger also hates the Lenin Statue (obviously), though he also points out a rebuttal to his own disdain.

That’s okay. Most of us love the Troll. Over at Lifehacker, they love the troll enough to use his image in a recent post about internet trolls. Not sure it’s the kind of affiliation the Fremont Troll would want, but, it’s something.

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Fremont Zombie Walk, Immortalized In Peeps Form

April 25th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

You’re looking at ‘Fremont’s “Red, White and Peep” Zombie Walk,’ the Grand Prize winner, adult category of the Seattle Times Peeps Contest.

The display was created by Jennifer Hamilton, along with her two kids, Lux Rattray, 7, and Johnny Rattray, 3, of Renton, and friend Catherine Stringer.

“It took a full weekend … six to eight hours each day,” said Hamilton. “We molded out of Fimo clay and sewed the clothes. It was a lot of work.”

Th win earned them $500. For the full list and photos of the winners, check them out here.

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North Transfer Station Community Meeting On April 30th

April 22nd, 2011 by Sean Keeley

A redesign of the North Transfer Station on 35th St. is scheduled to being in 2012. Before that can begin, the many designs and plans need to be narrowed down and a winning design needs to be chosen. Seattle Public Utilities is looking for your help on the matter.

As part of this process, we are hosting two community-wide events on Saturday, April 30. At these events, the community will be able to view the existing station, provide input on the proposed design concepts, and learn more about the future of the North Transfer Station.

The meeting is scheduled for April 30 at 12 p.m. at Hamilton International Middle School (1610 N. 41st St) in Wallingford.

Preceding the meeting will be walking tours of the complex that begin at 9:30 a.m. and run until 11:30 a.m. Anyone interested in taking the tour should meet at the corner of N 34th Street and Carr Place North

You can read more about the design concepts that remained in the last update or read more about SPU’s transfer stations here.

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Dexter Avenue Paving Will Cause Delays Monday & Tuesday

April 21st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Heads up from the Seattle Department of Transportation as they continue work on Dexter Avenue.

They plan to lay new asphalt on Dexter Avenue North between Fremont Avenue North and McGraw Street on Monday, April 25th and Tuesday, April 26th, assuming the weather is favorable.

Traffic will be limited to one travel lane in each direction from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. On-street parking will be restricted. Drivers should expect additional traffic congestion and delays and are advised to consider using alternate routes. Uniformed police officers will be present to keep traffic moving at the intersection of Westlake Avenue N and Dexter Avenue N. Bicyclists will merge and share the lanes with vehicles on Dexter or they may use the sidewalks or alternate routes.

Think ahead on your morning and afternoon commute.

This phase of the work is scheduled to be completed by early May and the entire project will be completed in September.

For more detailed information, please visit the project web site.

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Woodsky’s Fights For Right To Race Goldfish

April 21st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you’re not familiar with Goldfish Racing, the sport entails putting goldfish into a canal of water and guiding the fish down the trough with the help of squirt guns. The first person to push their goldfish to the finish line wins, or something.

It’s a late-night bar activity that’s been going on at Tacoma’s Harmon Tap Room for years. The establishment recently ended the practice after PETA caught wind of it. According to the bar owner, he received “60 or 70 e-mails” after each race and eventually decided to replace it with some good old-fashioned beer pong.

PETA’s issue, as stated on their website, is not just with the race itself. Reports of bar patron impaling fish with straws or eating them live are driving their concern.

While Harmon may have ceased the races, Fremont bar Woodsky’s is keeping theirs going.  They recently took to their Facebook page to promote the ongoing event:

So a lot of press has been going out with the Goldfish Races being cancelled due to PETA at the Harmon Tap Room. Good News we will continue doing Goldfish races here at Woodsky’s if you bring in one of the “Save the Goldfish” Stickers that have been going around Fremont you will receive %50 off your first drink.

Alrighty. The battle for and against goldfish racing rages on here in Fremont.

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Homegrown Unveils New Menu Items

April 21st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Last week, Fremont’s sustainable ingredient sandwich shop Homegrown unveiled some new items on their menu and they’ve got the blackboards to prove it:

Some of the new items include organic shoe string french fries, a white bean salad tossed in Italian herbs and a bunch of new salads.

The Homegrown crew wants to know what you think of the new menu items so, drop us a line on their  facebook page or stop in to sample the goods (3416 Fremont Ave. N).

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Jam Out At Variety for Charity, Support Fremont Solstice Parade

April 19th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Join the Fremont Arts Council on Thursday, April 21st at 7 p.m. at Egan’s Ballard Jam House for the Variety for Charity benefit show.

All you need to do is a provide a donation (suggested $10, but you can always give more). Then, sit back, relax and enjoy a night of great music, poetry, comedy and more.

All proceeds benefit the Fremont Solstice Parade. Here’s some info on who will be performing.


Susan Harper ~ vocalist and songwriter

Larry Crist ~ silver tongued poet

Hugh Sutton ~ keyboard chameleon


7:15 Susan & Larry kick off the night with a Bossa Nova tune and a poem or two

7:30 Pacific NW Blues Diva Lady “A”

7:50 Ricky Gene Powell ~ a musical trend setter

8:15 Michael Murdock ~ endearing thespian

8:25 Susan & Hugh ~ duet

8:40 Seastar ~ folky, passionate and celtic-y

9:00 Larry & Michael Murdock ~ a comedy sketch

9:10 KlezterBalm ~ hypnotic chaos

9:30 Kylie Koyote ~ devious desert nymph burlesque

9:40 EQ lateral ~ ambient electronic violin and ethereal vocals

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Celebrate Earth Day At Gas Works Park

April 19th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd. A celebration intended to inspire awareness and appreciation for the natural environment, there will be plenty of events going on around the world as well as right here in Seattle.

One of the events is happening right around the corner in Gas Works Park. The Sierra Club, CoolMom, Earth Ministry, Washington Environmental Council and Climate Solutions are hosting a free community Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23rd between 11am and 3pm there.

The event will celebrate Washington’s anticipated transition from coal-power while highlighting the need to support the E.P.A. in its efforts to protect people across America from the dangerous pollution associated with coal burning and to make sure we do not export coal to other countries where no E.P.A. exists.

The event will feature bands, food, speakers and a make-your-own-kite activity. For more information on the event and Coal-Free Washington, visit their site or check out the event’s Facebook page.

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