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Entries from May 2011

40th Annual Fremont Fair Is Almost Here

May 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you live in Fremont, you’ve been seeing the tell-tale signs that spring is coming for a while now. The Fremont Art Council is getting their floats ready for the Solstice Parade. And there are Fremont Fair posters and handouts scattered throughout town.

As for the Fair, it’s rapidly-approaching (June 18th, 19th). There are so many things to do at the fair, it’s hard to list them all. The folks running the extravaganza sent over this handy list of bullet points for the uninitiated to know all the must-see and artsy activities that weekend, including:

  • Fremont Arts Council Solstice Parade: The 24th Annual Fremont Solstice Parade takes place on Saturday, June 18th at noon. Produced by the Fremont Arts Council, the Fremont Solstice Parade is a showcase of art via human-powered floats.
  • Dads & Dogs Day – Dog Parade: Paralleling its human counterpart, the Fremont Arts Council’s Solstice Parade, fairgoers are invited to bring their four-legged friends on Sunday, June 19th at 2:30pm to participate in this fun pup procession. Bring your puppy in creative costume or let your dog strut his or her stuff au naturale.
  • Fremont Abbey Arts for All: Grow your brain on the arts at Fremont Abbey Arts for All at the Fremont Fair. Activities include a growing brain sculpture, chalk art, smell haiku, paint by neighbor and dance-a-painting. Plus, live performers and bands on the Fremont Abbey Stage!
  • Seattle Art Car Blowout: See more than 50 funky decorated art cars on display in the Burke Building parking lot (35th and Evanston). Cars travel from across the country to create the largest gathering of Art Cars in the Northwest! You can see them parked at the Fair, but want to see the art cars in motion? The Seattle Art Car caravan leaves Macrina Bakery in SODO at 10:00am on Sunday, June 19th and will head along the viaduct, past the EMP and crawl up the counterbalance and Queen Anne Avenue before crossing the Fremont Bridge into the neighborhood. Have you cameras ready!
  • Arts & Crafts Shopping: The Fremont Fair also features boutique shopping throughout the streets with over 300 booths filled with original arts and crafts, imports and opportunities to tie dye a t-shirt or get a henna tattoo.
The Fremont Fair is free and open to the public and runs from 10:00am to 8:00pm on Saturday with the Redhook Main Stage and Redhook Main Stage Beer Gardens open until 10:00pm. On Sunday, the Fair is open from 11:00am to 6:00pm. For more information and a complete schedule of activities, visit fremontfair.org. For the up-to-the-date announcements, follow @FremontFair on Twitter or find us on Facebook.

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Live Theater Returning To Fremont: ‘West of Lenin’ Coming In June

May 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

When the Empty Space Theatre closed its doors in 2005, Fremont was left without a place to call its own for live theater. And if there’s any neighborhood in Seattle crying out for a place to perform, it’s gotta be Fremont.

Finally, live theater is coming back to town.

West of Lenin is a new theater opening at 203 N. 36th Street. West of Lenin is a 88-seat black theatre being built as part of the renovation of the former Warden Fluidynamics building, and will host its first event on June 20, 2011 with Sandbox Radio Live, a production of Sandbox Artists Collective.

The renovation is a project of The Ethereal Mutt – Limited, led by principal A.J. Epstein. The completed project will include office and retail space in addition to becoming the new headquarters for EMutt and the home of West of Lenin.

“As I was getting deep into the design phase of the building, I realized that I had a resource and a unique opportunity to get more deeply involved with the arts community simply by thinking a little bigger and making this a public venue,” says Epstein. “I’m not starting a theatre company. I’m putting together an attractive comfortable space and encouraging artists whose work I respect to be featured during our first year.”

Sandbox Radio Live will be the first official event in the new space.  Conceived and directed by Leslie Law, Sandbox Radio Live is an evening of new works written specifically for the radio by Scot Augustson, Vincent Delaney, Elizabeth Heffron, Chuck Leggett, Anita Montgomery, and Paul Mullin, and new music from the Sandbox Radio Band led by Jose Gonzales, recorded live for future podcast. Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Admission is free. For more info on Sandbox Artists Collective, visit www.thesandboxartistscollective.com.

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The Fremont Tour Provides A Playful Walk Through The Neighborhood

May 31st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Fremont is a quirky, eclectic neighborhood full of interesting sights, interesting people and interesting places to go.

Wait, why am I telling YOU this? You already know all of that. But a lot of folks who pass by our little ‘hood might not. And they might be unsure how to see it all and make sure they hit the hot spots. You and I are too busy to show them around. How will these tourists and passers-by know where to go and what to do once they get here?

That’s where The Fremont Tour comes in.

The Tour is a theatrical, fun and improvised way for people to explore Fremont and learn about the public art, history, restaurants and more.

The entire walking tour is a half mile and takes about 80 minutes. It’s family friendly and wheelchair accessible. They begin and end near the center of Fremont where there are plenty of shops and restaurants, so everyone can eat, shop, or play some more after the tour.

Check out their website for more information and next time you have in-laws in town and no time to walk them past the Troll, Rocket and rest of Fremont’s finest, the Fremont Tour is here to help.

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Fremont’s Pie Featured On Seattle Channel

May 27th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Channel’s CityStream recently profile some of Seattle’s tasty treat shops. Wouldn’t you know it, Pie made the list. Check out the video below and look for the piece of Pie (hiyo!) around the 8:30 mark.

Seattle Channel Video can be played in Flash Player 9 and up

You can find the Seattle Channel on channel 21 on Comcast and Millennium or online at www.seattlechannel.org.

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The Worse Chone Figgins Plays, The Cheaper Fremont Drinks

May 26th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

For years, Norm’s has been turning the misery that comes with being a Seattle Mariners fan into your gain at the tap.

Every year, they pick a certain under-performing, highly-paid player and let you pay the monetary value of his batting average for your beer on Mondays. In 2007, it was Ritchie Sexson, who dipped down towards .201 ($2.01 per beer). Adrian Beltre replaced him in 2009. Then it was Milton Bradley and his sub-par batting average.

Now that Bradley is gone, it’s high-priced Chone Figgins’ turn. Figgins is currently hitting .202 and if that keeps up your Monday beer will be just a shade over $2. It almost makes you want to root for Figgins and the Mariners to do worse…almost.

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Zombies, Stoners & A Lot Of Jeff Bridges: 2011 At The Fremont Outdoor Movies

May 26th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Fremont Outdoor Movies is back in 2011 with a vengeance. And some stoners. And an anchorman. And Jeff Bridges. And some zombies. Actually, a lot of zombies…

Along with the usual line-up of cult classics and fan favorites, FOM features some very special events.

The line-up includes:

JUNE 25TH –   SHAUN OF THE DEAD

JULY 2ND – RED, WHITE & DEAD ZOMBIE BLOCK PARTY (Includes the Seattle Zombie Walk)

JULY 9TH – ANCHORMAN

JULY 16TH – EXORCIST

JULY 23RD – HAROLD & KUMAR GO TO WHITE CASTLE

JULY 30TH – PRINCESS BRIDE

AUGUST 6TH – PULP FICTION

AUGUST 13TH – TRON- A-THON

AUGUST 27th – THE BIG LEBOWSKI (part of The Dude Fest)

There’s a few other special screenings so make sure you check out the full schedule.

Photo: Fremont Outdoor Movies

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The Backdoor At Roxy’s Opens Its Doors Tonight

May 25th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

They didn’t take my suggestion for naming the place, but The Backdoor At Roxy’s is officially ready to open its doors tonight, Wednesday, May 25th at 6 p.m. The space formerly occupied by Rain City Video (464 N. 36th St.) has been transformed into the newest restaurant and bar option in Fremont.

We don’t know too much about the interior of the new digs but rest assured it’s going to be a lot different than Roxy’s Diner up front. Here’s some looks at the decor thanks to John Cornicello, who attended a special invite-only event last week.

When Roxy’s owner Peter Glick said the place would be “very theatrical, very fun and very Fremont,” he wasn’t kidding.

If you check it out, let us know what you think. And, of course, if you’re looking for a job, they’re hiring as well.

Photo Credit: John Cornicello

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One Reel Reaches $500K July 4th Fireworks Goal

May 25th, 2011 by Marina Gordon

After almost a year of fundraising for the July 4th fireworks at Gas Works Park, event organizer One Reel today announced the $500K goal has been reached and Family 4th will go on.

Interesting note: It wasn’t a Northwest company or person who got One Reel to the goal; instead support bubbled up from Coca-Cola Refreshments – Northwest Region, based in Bellevue. Other supporters include Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Talking Rain, BECU, Charlie’s Produce, Merrill Gardens, Taco Time and Smith Brothers Farms.

From the press release:

“Fundraising for the 2011 event began in July of last year, and contributions have come from supporters throughout our region, all with inspiring stories and memories of this Northwest family tradition,” says One Reel Executive Director, Jon Stone. “With true appreciation for the partnership and dedication of the Greater Seattle Chamber, we are glad to put this year’s budget to bed, and look forward to putting on one heck of an Independence Day party for Seattle.”

Family 4th at Lake Union starts at noon at Gas Works Park (2101 N. Northlake Way) on Monday, July 4. The fireworks show begins at 10 p.m. See all our 2010 fireworks coverage here.

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Cool Whirld Bringing Froyo To Fremont

May 25th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

When it comes to dessert, Fremonsters have a plethora of options available to them. Royal Grinders has your gelato fix, Pie’s got you covered when it comes to pie, gluten free folks can snack at Flying Apron and Simply Desserts has, well, simply desserts.

But how bout a place dedicated to frozen yogurt?

Cool Whirld is looking to fill that void when they open at the spot previously-occupied by Finch and Sparrow (3420 Fremont Ave N). While there isn’t much information out there on the company, according to their sign on the window they’ll be bringing their frozen yogurt outfit to town in “June/July 2011.”

Stay tuned as we learn about the new froyo joint in town.

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The Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee Wants YOU!

May 24th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

(Disclosure: The Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee is a sponsor of FremontUniverse)

Tonight, the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee will be convening on Fremont and they’d like to see you there. They’re not up to much, just shaping the future of Seattle’s transportation systems, alternatives and priorities. You know, no biggie…

The 14-member CTAC, which is appointed by the mayor and Seattle City Council, will recommend new funding methods for the city’s transportation system. A public meeting and workshop Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. at the Fremont Library (731 N. 35th St.) will let you have a hand in how that happens.

Oh, and wear your finest. Mayor Mike McGinn will be in attendance.

For more on the CTAC, visit this site.

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Aurora Bridge Seismic Retrofit Will Affect Troll-Area Parking

May 23rd, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Update: Work will begin May 31st, so plan accordingly.

The Fremont Troll isn’t too keen of the Aurora Bridge falling apart over his head one of these days. So WSDOT contractors will be doing some work on the bridge over the next couple months to make sure that doesn’t happen.

As early as June 11, WSDOT workers will begin an 18-month long project to make the Aurora Bridge better withstand earthquakes. Once that work officially starts, construction crews will reduce or eliminate parking on Troll Avenue between 36th and 34th streets to get at the underside of the bridge.

Parking will be affected between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residents will be able to park in the area after that time, though their cars will need to moved by 8 a.m. the following morning.

The work in the Fremont area will last about six months. At that point, the crews will move to the Queen Anne side of the bridge.

For more information on the project and the reason it’s being done, visit the WSDOT site.

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Burke-Gilman Trail detour starts Monday

May 22nd, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

Starting Monday, Seattle City Light crews will begin to install new lines on the towers that are on either side of the Ship Canal at Warren Avenue.

The detour for the Burke Gilman trail while the towers are being worked on. For a larger image, click here (.pdf).

“Because a safety buffer zone must be established under the towers, a portion of the Burke-Gilman Trail and Ship Canal Trail will be closed intermittently. Bike trail detour signage will be placed in advance of our work,” the press release states.

The crews will work Mondays through Saturdays, depending on weather, from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the summer. The trail detours will be in place between 6:45 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

Before work can begin on the tower, Osprey nest material on the north tower needs to be moved.

in recent days a pair of Osprey have been apparently placing a small amount of nest material atop the north tower. City Light biologists will be checking first for young/eggs before we begin the project – and if there are none, we will remove the nest material and move forward with the project. We will continue to monitor the situation and, if warranted, investigate ways to provide safe nest sites in the area in the future.

More information on this project can be found here.

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Share your transportation priorities with the city

May 20th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

Seattle’s Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee wants to hear from the public about their transportation priorities at a series of public meetings. The meeting is next Tuesday, May 24 at the Fremont Library.

In January 2011, Mayor McGinn and the City Council convened a 14-member Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee III (CTAC) to advise them on priorities for maintaining and improving Seattle streets and sidewalks and to evaluate funding options including a potential ballot measure. Input from the community will inform the CTAC’s decisions and recommendations.

The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Fremont Library, 731 N. 35th St. Mayor Mike McGinn is scheduled to attend that meeting. The first half-hour is an open house, followed by presentations by CTAC members and Seattle Dept. of Transportation Director Peter Hahn. The final hour will be small group discussions.

If you can’t attend the workshop but still want to participate, you can comment or take an online survey here.

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Seattle Beer Week kick-off party in Fremont

May 19th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

Seattle Beer Week kicks off today in Ballard, but don’t worry, the next stop for the official kick-off party is right here in Fremont.

At 7 p.m. the party moves from the Jolly Roger Taproom (1111 N.W. Ballard Way) to Brouwer’s Cafe (400 N 35th St.)

Other Fremont bars participating in the more-than-week-long SBW are:

  • The Red Door (3401 Evanston Ave N)
  • The Troll (N 36th St & Troll Ave)
  • Fremont Brewing Company (3409 Woodland Park Ave N)
  • Nickerson Street Saloon (318 Nickerson St)
  • Click here for an entire list of the Seattle Beer Week events and follow them on Twitter for more information.

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    B.F. Day teacher honored for excellence

    May 19th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

    Congratulations to B.F. Day Elementary School teacher Kevin Zelko. He was recently honored by Symetra as a “Hero in the Classroom.”

    Heroes in the Classroom. Zelko is standing, fourth from the left. B.F. Day Principal Susan McCloskey is standing, standing, 2nd from left.

    Last Friday, Zelko and 23 other recipients attended a celebration luncheon at Qwest Field where Seahawks Running Backs Coach Sherman Smith was a special guest speaker. As a former junior high school teacher, he spoke to the group about the impact they have on their students. “I want to congratulate all of you because I really understand what you do, and you guys are difference-makers,” Smith said. “You have all the qualities we look for in our players. You’re focused. You’re passionate. You’re dedicated. You’re responsible. You’re dependable. You’re accountable. You’re convicted about what you do.”

    After lunch, the teachers took a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium which included seeing the press box and Seahawks locker room, where each teacher was surprised with a “customized” locker complete with nameplate.

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    Time for spring cleaning at Troll’s Knoll

    May 18th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

    Put on your gardening gloves and roll up your sleeves – it’s time for the Troll’s Knoll Spring Cleanup.

    Volunteers are needed this Saturday, May 21st from 9 a.m. to noon (the weather may cooperate)

    From the Friends of Troll’s Knoll, the cleanup includes:

    1. Pulling and removing small blackberry canes and other invasive plants,

    2. Trimming and removing large blackberry canes that cannot be pulled from the ground, and

    3. Clearing and removing garbage that has accumulated onsite.

    If you can come out for a couple of hours this Saturday and lend a hand that would be great. Most of the blackberry canes are small right now, and we hope the wet, soft soil will make it easier than waiting until things dry up.

    We will have a selection of tools and supplies to work with as well as gloves from friends and neighbors as well as Seattle’s Spring Clean program but bring a yard tool of your own if you have one (clippers, pruners, rakes, etc.). There may be some added refreshments.

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