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Entries from November 2011

Bluebird Ice Cream Keeping It Local In Fremont

November 30th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

I finally got a chance to swing by the new Bluebird Ice Cream location in Fremont today (3515 Fremont Ave. N). Snapped some photos that you can check out below.

They’ve got a full selection of ice creams but there’s a few notables that I wanted to share in case you want to make your ice cream eating experience as Fremonty as humanly possible.

Theo Chocolate Chunk
Made with chunks of Seattle-based Theo chocolate, the world’s only certified organic and fair trade chocolate maker.

Caffé Vita Coffee
Roasted two blocks from their store on Pike Street. So, technically not from the Fremont Vita, but, same difference.

F.A.B. Almond Cherry Brownie
Vegan/gluten-free with chunks of Flying Apron Bakery brownie, from across the street.

Check out what else is going on at Bluebird on their website or stay abreast of new flavors on their Facebook page. Of course, stopping in for a scoop is still the best way to get to know them…

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Neighbors Join Forces To Build Community Gathering Place

November 30th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

By Mwiza Kalisa, Next Door Media Intern

Three years ago Briana Barrett moved into an apartment in the South end of Phinney Ridge, an area neighbors have called “SoZoo” (South of Zoo) for a decade. Pregnant and far away from home, she was eager to collaborate with neighbors on a project that would bring her community together.

With the help of five families, Barrett transformed her garage into a clubhouse. The community building project was inspired by her longing to live among neighbors with varied interests. The clubhouse, equipped with bulletin boards and neighborhood maps, hosts workshops and also functions as a research center.

Briana Barrett shows off the new clubhouse.

“I needed to express who I am uniquely, honor my neighbors, and find out how we could work together,” Barrett said.

Wanting to learn more about her community and to connect others, Barrett interviewed neighbors she knew casually. She prepared three interview questions about the neighborhood culture and what neighbors could offer each other. The response was so positive that Barrett gave nine months notice at her job.

“People were so happy that I was asking,” she said. “I love my job but I thought, this is my calling.”

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Seattle Nightlife Initiative Brings Late-Night Taxi Stand To Fremont

November 29th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Thanks to Mayor McGinn’s Seattle Nightlife Initiative, five new late-night taxi stands are going up all over the city and one of them will be coming to Fremont.

The new taxi stand will be located at the corner of N. 36th Street and Francis Avenue, outside Ballroom and Caffee Ladro. It will be in operation between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. There will be space for three-to-five cabs to line up at a given time.

For those who drive to Fremont but need to take a taxi home, you’ll also be able to get a sticker from the meters that allows your car to be legally parked until 10 a.m.

The stands were originally supposed to go into affect during the summer but the program was delayed.

The other stands will be located Downtown and in Ballard, Capitol Hill and the University District.

Mayor McGinn introduced the new initiative during a press conference at the Fremont taxi stand spot on Tuesday.

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Have You Read The Poetry Of Fremont Avenue?

November 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

If you’ve walked along Fremont Avenue heading south recently, you might have noticed a page stapled to every-other electrical pole along your way. Some of the pages have already fallen or been racked by the weather but most remain for now.

I’m not entirely sure when they were posted and how long they’ve been there but once you notice them, you can’t un-notice them.

Best I can tell they come from The Spoon River Anthology, a collection of short free-form poems that collectively describe the life of the fictional small town of Spoon River.

Next time you’re walking your dog, waiting for the bus, standing in line at Paseo or just ambling along Fremont Ave. for no reason, give one of them a read. Who knows, you might keep walking in order to read the next one…

Thanks, mysterious poetry stapler!

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The Christmas Ships Are Coming To Town

November 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

At some point on December 1st, you’re going to be walking around Fremont and suddenly you’ll hear it. It sounds like a chorus off the distance somewhere. But where? Is it all happening in your head?

Not quite. It’s the The Argosy Christmas Ship™ festival.

Each night, through December 23rd, 2011 the Argosy Christmas Ship™ sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system.

Between 8:20 and 8:40 pm on Thursday, December 1st, the ship will end it’s opening night by pulling up alongside Gas Works Park and letting the Con Brio Women’s Choir do their thing.

The Ship returns to Gas Works for the Parade Finale on Friday, December 23rd.  The Seattle Girls’ Choir’s Prima Voci will sing from 9:45 – 10:05 pm.

You can find out more information on how to be aboard the ship here. Or you can head down to Gas Works and enjoy the music from there. And if you own your own boat and want to get involved, throw some lights up the mast and join the floating parade.

Check out this video of last year’s finale performance:

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B.F. Day Wants Your Input On Playground Improvement Project

November 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

The B.F. Day Elementary School grounds are ready for a makeover.

The Playground Design Steering Committee is working with Landscape Architects to develop a vision and a plan for transforming B.F. Day’s outdoor spaces and they are looking for your help.

Join the first of three Community Workshops to generate and share ideas. Bring your own ideas and bring your children as their input is appreciate as well. Even if you don’t have children at B.F. Day, you’re input is important. After all, the school playground is open to the public any time school is not in session.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, November 30 between 6:00-8:00pm in the B.F. Gym. The schedule looks like this:

6:00 pm Presentation by Design Team
6:20 pm Break into groups to generate ideas
7:00 pm Groups present and share ideas

Snacks will be provided. For project updates over the coming months, please check out

There are also two Facebook groups you can join to stay up to date with what’s going on at B.F. Day. Future Parents of B.F. Day Elementary and B.F. Day PTSA.

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Fremont’s Zombie Walk World Record Ripped Apart By Mexico

November 28th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Fremont vs. Mexico. It’s a rivalry as old as time itself.

As we all know, Fremont was originally known as San Fremont, founded by Mexican explorers. They ruled with an iron first for many years until The Great Fremont-Mexican War of 1907. Many lives were lost but from the ashes rose The People’s Republic of Fremont. To commemorate our victory, we erected the Fremont Troll in honor of General Augustus Trollio, commander of the Fremont armed forces. And we ride bicycles naked on the Solstice to commemorate the naked cyclists that distracted Mexican troops long enough so that we could win the deciding battle.*

* – Some, or all, of this may or may not be true.

We thought our battled with Mexico were over. However, we knew deep down that it was only a matter of time before they were back.

Earlier this year, the folks at Fremont Outdoor Movies and the Seattle Zombie Walk gathered over 4,000 zombies in the streets of Fremont in order to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of Zombies.

This past Saturday, Mexico struck back and over 10,000 zombies gathered in Mexico City, shattering the record and declaring vengeance on Fremont.

And so, the bloody gauntlet has been laid down. It’s up to the folks back here in Fremont to figure out a way to get 10,000+ zombies into Fremont next year if they want a chance at reclaiming the record.

If you thought 4K zombies was too much, gird your loins. Literally.

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Kylie’s Pizza Celebrates Two-Year Anniversary With Specials

November 23rd, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Kylie’s Pizza (3601 Fremont Ave N #101) celebrates its two-year anniversary today, 11/23, and they’ve got some specials to entice you to help them celebrate.
All large pizzas on Wednesday will be $20.09, all beers are $2.00 and they are “selling” gift cards for free pizza’s for $20, with 100% of that money going to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Washington.

In the two years Kylie’s has been open we have established ourselves as one of Seattle’s most popular pizza places, winning two awards – AOL’s Seattle’s City’s Best – Pizza in December 2010 and last month we were named Citysearch’s Best Pizza in Seattle. With a 98% on urbanspoon (224 votes), 4.5 stars on yelp (one of only a few pizza places to have over 100 5 star reviews) and the highest rated restaurant on Next Door Media’s – Fremont Universe website it’s surprising that people still have never heard of us.

We’ve only had a few press mentions, usually around our charity work like in 2010 when had an event that raised over $1000 for breast cancer research or more recently our participation in Dine Out for Life or Peace Winds America’s – Red, White, Unite for tsunami relief among other pizza donations to smaller local events.

We display local artists in our restaurant, all of our beers on tap are local, most of our wines are from Washington and we source produce as local as we can through our partner Charlie’s Produce. Our current thin crust special features Bosc pears from Washington paired with Gorgonzola, light cheese and light sauce. Our previous deep dish pizza special featured Bratwurst from Bob’s Quality Meats in Columbia City.

Kylie’s is open Monday through Friday from 11am to 10pm and Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 10pm. They also offer pick-up service (206-632-2266). You can find our more about them at or on Twitter at @DeepDishSeattle.

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Join Occupy Seattle For Thanksgiving At Gas Works Park

November 23rd, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Don’t have any plans this Thanksgiving? Why not join the 99%?

Occupy Seattle has announced that they will host a community Thanksgiving potluck on Thursday at Gasworks Park at 2:00pm until 6:00pm.

We celebrate the community we have created, the kindness and support we have received, and the hope we are inspiring by our work to shine the light on economic injustice. We gather as a community in support of Occupy Seattle and Occupy Wall Street. There is room for everybody at this Thanksgiving table, all 99% of us!

You can RSVP and claim a dish to bring at this site.

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Avoid Neighborhood Flooding, Adopt A Local Drain

November 22nd, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle Public Utilities is urging people to help clean out leaves and debris from the storm drains in front of their house before heavy rains hit.

When bad weather hits this time of year, storm drains can easily become overwhelmed with leaves and the summer’s accumulated street debris, resulting in backed up gutters and drains, and localized flooding. In Seattle, there are about 80,000 storm drains — far more than city crews can clear quickly.

Safely adopting a local storm drain or drainage ditch—that means staying out of the road when raking—by keeping it clear of leaves, snow and other debris is the single most important thing that residents, businesses can do to protect their property.

Know the emergency hotline number for your local drainage utility, to report sewer backups, major flooding and landslide issues. The Take Winter By Storm website,, provides a one-stop emergency preparedness center that includes safety tips and regional resources for information about the weather, power outages, flooding, shelters and assistance agencies. In Seattle, that number for reporting flooding issues is 386-1800.

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Fremont Mischief Opens On Canal Street

November 18th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

by Mwiza Kalisa

Fremont Mischief (132 N Canal Street) has opened its doors for business. The distillery features a tasting room and a retail shop with local goods.

Mike Sherlock, the owner, has been in the craft distillery business for 14 years. Sherlock began his career selling fish in Asia, but after sharing a case of whiskey with local fisherman he received requests for more beverages.

Sherlock has been selling whiskey ever since the law for small craft distilleries changed. He says that he hopes to create a destination and add to the ambiance of Fremont. To devote more of his time to Fremont Mischief he sold some of his other businesses.

“We’re glad to be open and glad to be here,” he said. “We really love the neighborhood and we’re glad to be part of it.”

The tasting bar features whiskey, vodka and John Jacob, an original recipe. The 100 percent rye grain whiskey was made by Sherlock’s wife’s great-grandfather. The eight year rye from Fremont Mischief Whiskey is grown in Eastern Washington and the wheat used to produce Fremont Mischief Vodka comes from Ebey Road Farms, a six generation farm in Whidbey Island. At the beginning of next year the tasting room will also feature gin.

Recently Fremont Mischief launched the Commemorative Soldier Whiskey, for “veterans who have served and for the soldiers still on active duty.” The beverage, in a lantern-like package, has different dog tags from fallen or wounded soldiers, their rank and the war that they fought in. 25 percent of the proceeds go towards the soldiers’ families.

In addition to offering spirits the craft distillery has vintage photographs, books, bar utensils, a line of hats and sweaters, jewelry and antiques from the 30s. Sherlock also has a record company, Bootleg Records, which supports local artists. In the summer he plans to host different events where local musicians can showcase their talents.

“We just want to create a new place and a new way to do spirits,” Sherlock said. “We also want to add to Fremont because we plan to be here for a long time.”

Sherlock says that the community has been receptive and he’s certain that the business will grow. “[The response] has been really good and that makes us feel like we’ve done our job and that we’re doing it right,” he said. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the people.”

Fremont Mischief is open 11 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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Fremont Abbey Turns 6 & You’re Invited To The Birthday Party

November 16th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Saturday, November 19th, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center turns six-years-old and they’re throwing a birthday party for themselves.

Please invite your friends, dress up a bit if you like (indie formal anyone?), and join us for a multi-arts celebration to sustain the Arts Center’s programs for all ages & incomes.

We had approximately 29,000 attendance at our programs in 2010 and we need your help to reach even more people with educational arts experiences & community interactions in 2012!  Our new “Arts Share” program is now offering tickets and classes to low income people (and nonprofit workers) around the city including Solid Ground’s family housing!

The event will feature live performances from John Van Deusen of The Lonely Forest + Mychal & Melodie of Campfire OK), a 3D Photobooth, an “unusual” silent auction, prizes and much, much more.

Deliciousness will be provided in the form of appetizers by The Upper Crust Catering and Madres Catering as well as desserts by Portage Bay Catering. The Abbey Cafe team offers Specialty Cocktails (Hot & Cold), plus great local beer and Washington wine.  Your entry ticket gets you food and at least 2 complimentary beer/wine tickets. Otherwise, it is a cash/credit bar.

There is a 5 p.m. free family hour but the main event begins at 7 p.m. Entrance starts at a $25 donation (but you can always give more if you like). You can also RSVP here.

If you’ve never been to the Abbey but always wondered what’s going on in there, there’s no better time to check it out than November 19.

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Seattle City Light Warns Customers Of Tree Trimming Scam

November 16th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Seattle City Light is warning its customers to be on the lookout for con artists who say they are tree trimmers for the utility.

The utility received two reports recently of con artists using the ruse as a means to get into a customer’s house and steal valuables. In both instances, the scammers were driving an unmarked pickup truck. In one case, some of the con artists took the property owner into the back yard to point out trees they fraudulently claimed needed trimming while the others entered the home. In the other instance, the customer questioned the men and then called Seattle City Light.

All tree trimming for Seattle City Light is conducted by crews from City Light or one of its three contractors, Asplundh, Kemp West and JTS. Workers and notifiers carry identification badges and work from vehicles marked with the company’s name.

“Protect yourself from this scam,” Superintendent Jorge Carrasco said. “If anyone comes to your door to discuss tree trimming, ask for identification and check the vehicle they are driving. If they don’t have proper identification, do not let them in. Call the police instead.”

Anyone who wants to confirm whether a tree trimming crew is legitimate can call (206) 386-1733. Representatives are available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Lenin Lighting Scheduled For December 2nd

November 16th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Everyone’s favorite Russian Marxist revolutionary is getting ready for everyone’s favorite December holiday tradition. The Lenin Lighting!

Would it be a traditional event in Fremont if we didn’t have our own spin on things? Everyone else can have their Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah lightings. We’ll be lighting up our giant statue of a Russian dude, thank you very much. This year’s “Lenin Lighting” celebration is all set and ready to go for Friday, December 2nd.

Coinciding with the December Fremont First Friday Art Walk, the event will begin at 5pm and the lighting will take place at 6pm. Amongst the festivities and goodies include an appearance by Santa Claus,hot drinks courtesy of Peet’s Coffee and Tea, pie courtesy of Pie, donuts courtesy of Might-O Donuts and more.

Check out some videos and pictures from last year’s ceremony.

More details to come but make sure you clear your schedule for December 2nd. And when you tell people what you’re doing on the 2nd, don’t be too alarmed when they look at you funny.

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Bluebird Fremont Grand Opening This Friday, November 18

November 16th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Fremonsters have been waiting patiently while Bluebird Ice Cream prepped it’s new shop at 3515 Fremont Ave. N. The sign out front has teased us with the idea they would be open this past summer for months now. Finally, the wait is over.

Bluebird Microcreamery will open its THIRD location this FRIDAY 11/18 in the Fremont neighborhood, at 3515 Fremont Ave N (at the corner of 36th and Fremont next to The Dubliner.) We’ll have all of our special fall ice cream flavors, as well as our best sellers, to give the neighborhood a taste of what we’re all about. Make sure to check out our new Ice Cream Truck which will be parked our front (available for events.)We hope you’ll come see us for a treat this weekend.

As a special new venture for us, we will be operating a nano-brewery on premises, where we’ll be making hand-crafted ales and sodas for floats on tap. (Yes, we do beer floats at our Capitol Hill location, as featured in Huffington Post.) You’ll also be able to fill growlers for your fridge at home, as soon as we receive certification.

If you are unfamiliar with Bluebird and their small batch, locally-sourced artisan ice cream, check out this interview we did with owner Josh Kessler-Reynolds back in June.

Between Pie’s pies, Cool Whirled’s frozen yogurt, Flying Apron’s muffins & cookies, Simply Desserts’ desserts and now Bluebird’s ice cream, I better not hear any more complaining about lack of dessert options in the 35th and Fremont area.

Not that I was hearing any…just sayin…

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Ballard Bridge Painting Begins This Week, Plan Accordingly

November 14th, 2011 by Sean Keeley

Get ready for traffic back-ups across the Ballard Bridge.
The Seattle Department of Transportation has announced that the contractor painting the “bascule” portion of the bridge will begin this week. Once underway the project will close one northbound lane and the east sidewalk everyday for up to six weeks During the following six weeks, one southbound lane and west sidewalk will be closed.

The approaches at each end of the bridge were painted last year. This current project is expected to be completed by February 2012.

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