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Entries from June 2011

A painted-up proposal at the Solstice Parade

June 21st, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

Painted up in his best tuxedo, Kris did something that he doesn’t think anyone else has ever done – he proposed to his girlfriend of two years. Now the newly-engaged couple is looking for pictures of the big moment.

“He was topless, but wore bike shorts so that we could show the pictures to my grandmother,” Amy says.

Amy says that the couple met almost two years ago to the day at the Solstice Parade. She was biking painted up and Kris thought she had the best costume ever. He kept telling his friends “how awesome that woman must be that she’s so creative!” Amy says. They ended up crashing the same BBQ but didn’t connect until a little later on an online dating site.

The couple is hoping someone saw the proposal this past weekend and grabbed their camera. If you have pictures Kris and Amy, please email them to preppyhippies at gmail dot com

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Tai Chi Camp For Kids In Fremont

June 21st, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Karin Collins Taijiquan & Qigong (222 Etruria St. #200) has tons of classes both inside & out with plenty of choices for adults and kids going on this summer. One in particular is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to Tai Chi…the Taiji Kidz Summer Camp.

Taking place between July 5 – 8, this Taiji (Tai Chi) camp for kids focuses on developing Taiji principles to increase self-awareness, better connections to others, improve listening skills & foster greater cooperation. Kids 8 & up will learn basic meditation & calming practices, do strength, fitness & flexibility training and learn a fun interactive 2 person Taiji form to demonstrate their new skills.

Contact Karin with questions and to register and make sure you check out their other classes like Balancing The Heart Qigong. Read more about Karin, her studio and her practice here.

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Last Week To Apply For Fremont Chamber Grant

June 20th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Got an idea that would benefit Fremont? Maybe a new business venture or a nonprofit? Want to put on a community event or festival? Well you’re going to need some money to do all of that. That’s why the Fremont Chamber of Commerce offers grants twice a year to help.

The deadline for the July round of grants is this Friday, June 24th. Just had on over to the Fremont Chamber’s site to fill out an application and find out more. Past recipients of a grant include the Moisture Festival, Fremont Arts Council, Graffiti Cleanup In Fremont and more.

f you have questions about our process for reviewing applications or if you have questions about your application and qualifications for a Fremont Chamber Grant contact Jessica at 206.632.1500 or

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Reminder: Pay Those Parking Tickets, Avoid The Boot

June 20th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle really doesn’t want to boot your car. They’re really hoping they don’t have to. So they’re reminding you one more time, please pay your outstanding parking tickets, sir or madam.

Originally we reported that “The Booting” would begin on July 5th. However it looks like that deadline has been moved up to July 1st. And once the boot goes on, it’s going to take a lot to get it taken off.

A scofflaw is someone with a vehicle that has four or more overdue unpaid parking tickets. Starting July 1, scofflaw vehicles parked in public right-of-way will get their wheel locked with a boot. If a vehicle receives a boot, full payment of all past due tickets and the boot fee must be paid within 48 hours or the vehicle will be towed. Full payment includes the initial parking fines, default penalties, collection fees and interest. If towed, full payment plus the boot and tow fees must be made before the car is released from impound.

To see if you have unpaid parking tickets and to pay them, go to or call (206) 684-5600. Payment can also be made in person at The Seattle Municipal Court at 600 Fifth Avenue in downtown Seattle, Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade Images, Photos, Links And More

June 20th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

And so, another Fremont Fair comes to an end. A good time was had by all in spite of Saturday’s weather and Fremont’s many vendors, bars, restaurants and coffee shops seemed to be pleased with the weekend that was.

My favorite costume? The bioshock-underwater-diver-radioactive-gator-fighting-stilted guys. How bout you?

Below find some links to the many stories and recaps about the weekend as well as some photos courtesy of Tom Wright Photography and Lucy Pearce.

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Police surround Fremont house after shots fired

June 18th, 2011 by Geeky Swedes

A SWAT team descended on a home near 3rd Ave. and 41st St. tonight after a man inside reportedly fired shots into the air, then locked himself inside. Officers spoke to him over a loudspeaker urging him to give himself up. At one point, SWAT members fired loud flashbangs to get his attention.

Just after 10:30 p.m. police took the man into custody. When the incident began around 8 p.m., police closed a wide area around the home, shutting down Leary and 3rd Ave., diverting traffic to side streets. Neighbors who couldn’t access their homes milled the streets, waiting for the police action to end.

There were no reports of injuries. (Thanks Silver for your help!)

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Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade: Schedule, Times, Events And FAQ

June 17th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

All the hours you’ve spent riding your bike, preparing your stomach for massive amounts of food intake and painting your naked body are about to pay off. The Fremont Fair is this weekend and the Solstice Parade is Saturday.

Are you ready? Just in case, here’s everything you need to know.

Fremont Fair

Days & Time: Saturday 10am to 8pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm.

Cost: FREE! (However, donations are encouraged via tipping at the beer garden or making contributions at the information booths. Donations will benefit Solid Ground, a poverty-focused, non-profit, who produced the Fremont Fair for many years, as well as the Chamber’s grant program.)

Vendors: Full list here. Vendors located west of Fremont Ave North on N 35th Street and North 34th Street/Canal Street.

Special Events & Areas:
Yoga for the Solstice presented by Planet Earth Yoga and KIND Snacks – Sunday, June 19 at 10:30am
Dads & Dogs Day Puppy Parade – Sunday, June 19th at 2:30pm
Dads & Dogs Day Grilling Competition – Sunday, June 19th, 1:00-2:15pm
Fremont Abbey Arts for All (located just west of PCC and The Red Door on 34th St.)
Seattle Art Car Blowout (Burke Building Upper Parking Lot)

Parking: Yeah, good luck with that. Honestly, take the bus if you can (5, 26, 28, 30 and 31) or bike in (Bike Corrals are located along the park at 1st Ave NW and Canal Street). There is no light rail access in Fremont. If you absolutely have to drive, your best bet is to head up Fremont Ave. and park north of 41st St. in the residential areas. Folks like me who live up there won’t like it, but, we’ll deal for a weekend. Get more info on getting here at the Fremont Fair site.

Bathrooms: There are four port-o-potty areas set up so you don’t have to keep sneaking into Starbucks (N 34th St and Phinney Ave N, 1st Ave NW and N 35th Street, N 35th street by the big purple slide, Evanston Ave N).

Solstice Parade

Day & Time: Saturday, June 18th at Noon

Route: Begins at the intersection of N 36th Street and Leary Way, runs through downtown Fremont, ending at Gasworks Park.

So, Is Everyone Naked Or What?: Well, a lot of the bicycle riders that are in the parade will technically be partially or fully naked but they’ll also be covered in bodypaint, not to mention other add-ons (fairy wings, fancy hats, etc). No one’s gonna be running around shoving their private parts in your face, it’s a celebration, not a sideshow.

Do I Have To Get Naked, Too?: No, you don’t have to. Plenty of parade-goers are donning clothing and most everyone watching is clothed. Then again, nobody’s stopping you either.

Where’s The Best Place To Watch?: Pretty much anywhere on 36th Street is good. Take note, a lot of folks set up shop early with chairs and blankets. If you want a “front row” seat, get there ASAP.

Are Restaurants, Bars & Coffee Shops Open Along The Route?: Are you crazy? Of course they are. Grab an outdoor table if you can and settled in.

Can I Take Pictures Of The People In The Parade?: Sure, though please remember this is less of a “let’s take photos to make fun of these people” kind of event and more of “I gotta take a photo of that cool costume” kind of event. FYI.

Have fun this weekend and we’ll all check back here Monday for our favorite moments, photos, costumes and stories from the weekend. Happy Solstice, everyone!

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Get Ready For Your ‘Night Out’ Block Party

June 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The national Night Out block party extravaganza is set for Aug. 2, and neighborhoods all across the country will participate by blocking off their streets to cars, hauling out the barbecues and getting to know their neighbors a little better. The Seattle Police Department’s Crime Prevention unit is the local sponsor of the event, which is designed to bring neighbors together to help prevent crime.

Register your block party with SPD, and then, on Aug. 2, put up some kind of barricades (those large green recycling bins work pretty well). You can even print off block party invitations or Night Out logos to create your own.

In addition to registering your block, you can also add your event to a city-wide calendar, so everyone can see where their nearest block party is.

SPD is providing updated information on Night Out on a Facebook page. It’s also a good place to ask questions and get answers about the event.

Night Out is always the first Tuesday of August.

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Bloodmobile Coming To Fremont July 5th

June 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Puget Sound Blood Center is in need of donors during the summer and especially following the 4th of July weekend.   With a decrease in donations during the holiday weekend and an increase in accidents, they could use help maintaining a stable blood supply.

The Bloodmobile will be parked next to PCC on Evanston on July 5th between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Stop by anytime except between 1-2 p.m. and donate if you can. You can save 3 lives with less than an hour of your time. Volunteered blood is distributed to 70 local hospitals and clinics in the Puget Sound area.

For more information, please contact 1-800-DONATE-1 or visit

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Rocket Apartments Rocketed Apart Officially

June 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

As you already know, the long-standing Rocket Apartments have been scheduled for demolition to make room for the Evanston Space Project. Today, that demolition went down…

Fare thee well, Rocket Apartments. We will miss you…I guess.

Photo: Kim G.

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Fremont Has No Excuse Not To Practice Yoga Now

June 15th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seriously, try as you might to avoid practicing yoga, you won’t be able to avoid it much sooner. One way or another, yoga is going to get you.

Way No. 1 – The grand opening of Sweat Hot Yoga (3516 Fremont Place N.) is today, Wednesday, June 15. Check out the website here for info and class times. Owner Rebekah Santiago will be giving out one free unlimited month of yoga to a person in each class today. Good odds. We spoke with Rebekah about the new studio in April.

Way No. 2 – Planet Earth Yoga is bringing Solstice Yoga to the Fremont Fair. Grab your mat and join them as they celebrate the solstice with a hatha yoga practice in the Center of the Universe. Located at the PCC Waterfront Stage on the west end of the Fair, Laura Yon-Brooks will lead a solstice-inspired, one-hour yoga practice for all levels. Please pre-register you and your yoga mat.

Way No. 3 The Summer Outdoor Yoga Series lets you practice yoga in beautiful outdoor settings while also helping children in need. Every two weeks, they meet in a different location and ask for suggested donation of $10 or gently used kids’ clothing. All proceeds to benefit Treehouse for Kids. ( They’ll be at Gasworks Park on June 30th, Greenlake in July and Fremont in August (spots TBD).

So there you go. Come July, I’ll be randomly stopping people on 35th St. from time to time to check their warrior pose, so you better be ready…

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Fremont Troll Tagged, Cleanup Scheduled For Tonight

June 14th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

You know, you can mess with Fremont’s streets and its buildings and even its people. We can take it and give it right back. But you don’t mess with our Troll. Unfortunately, a bunch of taggers decided it would be a good idea to do so recently.

A black smile stretches across the face of the Fremont Troll under the Aurora Bridge. Its eye is circled in black and an X is marked on its head.

Fortunately, the Fremont Arts Council is organizing a cleanup party tonight (Tuesday) to take care of the mess. The Council is asking for volunteers to help clean up the tagging at 7 p.m. The more the merrier.

No word on how these types of things will be prevented in the future, though the Troll was quoted as saying he was going to use “troll-justice” next time.

(The photo is actually from a similar incident in 2009)

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Sunday Is Dads & Dogs Day At Fremont Fair

June 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Moms, kids and cats…I hope you enjoy the Fremont Fair on Saturday because Sunday is all about Dads and dogs.

  • Dads & Dogs Day – PCC Grilling Competition, Sunday, June 19 from 1:00-2:15pm: PCC Natural Markets and Weber Grills are hosting a grilling competition on the PCC Waterfront Stage Sunday, June 19 from 1:00 to 2:15pm. Bring your dad down to the Fremont Fair for a chance to judge the competition and see which PCC Natural Markets chef prevails!
  • Dads & Dogs Day – Dog Parade, Sunday, June 19 at 2:30pm: You won’t want to miss this puppy parade, with support by Daily Ticket, and led by Tubaluba! Paralleling its human counter part- the Fremont Art Council’s Solstice Parade- fairgoers are invited to bring their four-legged friends on Sunday to participate in this fun pup precession, or simply puppy watch along the parade route. The parade starts on the West end of the Fair next to the Bike Corral. A $10 donation will get you a professional digital photo of you and your pup, a dog goodie bag, and a chance to win a sweet raffle prize with proceeds benefiting Solid Ground. Have Fido dress up or come al naturale!

For more information and a complete schedule of activities, visit

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Seattle Library Looking For Volunteer Gardeners

June 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The Seattle Public Library is seeking volunteers to help maintain attractive grounds at several branches this summer and fall and the Fremont branch is one of them.

Volunteers will weed gardens, rake leaves and pick up litter. High school students can obtain service-learning hours for graduation requirements. Student volunteers must be at least 15 years old.

Volunteer work parties will be scheduled June through October.

For more information, contact Anne Vedella, volunteer services coordinator, at or 206-386-4614. Volunteer applications can be downloaded from (select Support Your Library and go to the Volunteer Opportunities page).

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Mariners Reliever Teaming Up With Fremont Brewing For Charity

June 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you’re a fan of the Seattle Mariners and a fan of beer, I can think of no better way for you to get into the charitable spirit than this.

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher and avid homebrewing enthusiast Chris Ray is working with Fremont Brewing on a special brew called Homefront IPA and it will be available at Safeco Field starting July 29th, as well as bars and grocery stores at some point afterward.

Sales of the brew will benefit Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.

Check out some photos of Ray and the folks over at Fremont Brewing here.

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Missing Queen Anne Man’s Body Found

June 13th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

You may have seen fliers all over Fremont recently for Phil Irwin, who disappeared from his Queen Anne home on June 1st. Sad news today via MyBallard as Irwin’s family reports that his body has been found in Lake Union.

Phil’s daughter Emily, a Ballard resident, writes, “I just wanted to let you know that my father’s body was found in Lake Union yesterday by divers from the Wooden Boat Center who were working a regular dive for ship wreckages. It appears that he took his own life by jumping off the Aurora Bridge. Again, thank you for the help in trying to find him. My family is grateful to know where he is and, at the same time, deeply saddened by the reality of the situation.”

Condolences to the Irwin family.