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The Sweet Spot hosts third annual coat drive

October 26th, 2015 by Sara

The Sweet Spot in Fremont is once again collecting new and gently used coats to donate to the International Rescue Committee a non-profit which provides emergency relief, lifesaving care and aids in the resettlement of refuges forced to flee their homes and countries due to war or disaster.

They are also donating to Jubilee Women’s Center, which supports women experiencing poverty to build stable and fulfilling futures by providing safe, affordable and supportive community housing and educational resources to empower each woman to become financially independent, regardless of her circumstances.

Sweet Spot writes:

Help make a difference this year! For each CLEAN, NEW OR GENTLY USED WINTER COAT for Men, Women & Children donated, we will award ONE raffle ticket (up to 10 tickets) to be entered in a raffle for wonderful prizes from generous local businesses and our amazing vendors! For our Third Annual Coat Drive we have partnered with our friends at VAIN to benefit the The International Rescue Committee & Jubilee Women’s Center.  This year y’all have the luxury of dropping off your coats at any location!  VAIN has locations in Ballard, Downtown, and West Seattle and of course The Sweet Spot is in Fremont.

Coats can be donated until Saturday, November 7th. Sweet Spot is at 3507 Evanston Ave N. Call 206-632-3602 with questions.

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Write your novel at the Seattle Public Library

October 26th, 2015 by Sara

The Seattle Public Library will host write-in sessions during November to celebrate National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Each Library location listed below will have a quiet area for novelists-at-work to write, free Wi-Fi for research and plenty of outlets to keep that hard-working laptop fully charged.

Library events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Free parking is available at most branches; street parking is available at the Queen Anne Branch. Parking is available in the Central Library garage for $6 after 5 p.m.

See below for the NaNoWriMo write-in schedule or visit the Seattle Writes NaNoWriMo page.

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., 206-684-4089.

Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., 206-684-4715.

Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Level 3, The Norcliffe Foundation Living Room, 206-386-4636.

High Point Branch, 3411 S.W. Raymond St., 206-684-7454.

Lake City Branch, 12501 28th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7518.

Montlake Branch, 2401 24th Ave. E., 206-684-4720.

Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. N.E., 206-684-7539.

Queen Anne Branch, 400 W. Garfield St., 206-386-4227.

Seattle Writes supports local writers through programs, workshops, write-ins, and by providing spaces to work throughout the city. The program series is made possible with the generous support of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

For more information, call the Library at 206-386-4636, visit Seattle Writes NaNoWriMo or Ask a Librarian.

 

 

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Fifth student killed in Aurora Bridge accident

September 27th, 2015 by Sara

North Seattle College has learned that another student has died after succumbing to injuries sustained in the multi-vehicle accident on the Aurora Bridge that occurred on Thursday, Sept. 24. This student now makes five students in all who have lost their lives as a result of the devastating accident.
Out of respect for the family and their wishes to maintain privacy during this difficult time, the college will not be releasing the student’s identity.
“On behalf of our college, we offer our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family for this tragic loss. The aftermath of this accident has tested the faith and resolve of the North community like no other in recent memory, and we have tremendous grief and sorrow. But this terrible accident has also shown me and so many others that our community is incredibly strong and resilient, and by pulling together in this way, we will become stronger. We appreciate the support that has been extended to our campus from this city and throughout the world,” said Warren J. Brown, Ed.D., president of North Seattle College.”
President Brown will hold a media briefing on Monday, Sept. 28.

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Horrific accident on Aurora Bridge kills 4

September 24th, 2015 by Sara

 

Photo from Mark Ralstom/AFP

This morning around 11:15, a Ride the Ducks vehicle crashed into a charter bus carrying 45 North Seattle College staff and students on the Aurora Bridge. Lieutenant Sue Stangl from Seattle Fire has confirmed four people were killed and twelve were in critical condition.  Many of the most critical were rushed to Harborview.

SDOT says given the nature of the crash, traffic will be impacted on the bridge (and throughout the city) through the evening.

Ride The Ducks announced it was suspending operations for the rest of the day. It’s not clear what caused the accident, although an eyewitness told King 5 news he saw what appeared to be a wheel pop off of the Duck vehicle, right before the horrific crash.

Bloodworks Northwest is asking for additional donations. Click here to help.

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The Seattle Public Library launches ‘Booktoberfest’ in October

September 20th, 2015 by Sara

This October, The Seattle Public Library is kicking off the Library’s first Booktoberfest—a celebration of books and beer at venues all over the city. Coming soon to a pub or Library near you, the events will include Librarians’ Revenge Trivia Rounds, ‘Ales from the Crypt: Spooky Stories ‘n Suds, Bookish Happy Hours and more. Everyone is invited to grab a pint and get bookish!

Librarians’ Revenge Trivia Rounds – Match wits with librarians on bookish and library themed trivia.

 

Beer Basics and Home Brewing – Learn all you need to know to begin brewing beer at home from Fremont Brewing Company’s Education Director.

 

Bookish Happy Hour – Grab a beer and mingle with fellow book lovers as you discuss what you’re currently reading and your favorite books.

 

The James Franco Review, with Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr – Join LitCrawl, The James Franco Review, and Seattle Public Library for an evening of poetry from diverse voices featuring inaugural Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Leija Farr.

 

Flight of Fancy – A Literary Cider Flight – Taste a sampling of hard ciders at Capitol Cider as librarians suggest books to pair with each.

 

Late Night at the Library: Spooky Stories in the Stacks – Enjoy spooky stories told after hours at the Library. For adults and older kids.

 

Beer-themed 1930s Movie Matinee – Watch “The Public Enemy,” a Prohibition-era story of two Chicago thugs involved in the illicit trade of black market booze. Also showing The Three Stooges in “Three Little Beers” and Looney Tunes in “Buddy’s Beer Garden.”

 

‘Ales from the Crypt: Spooky Stories ‘n Suds – Love scary stories? Love beer? What about scary stories under the influence of beer? Come gather round the beer taps to hear chilling tales of the macabre consequences of bragging under the influence, and of the grim and ghastly fate that awaits those who chug spoiled beer! Each reading features the same tales and will last about 45 minutes.

 

For more information, visit the Booktoberfest page, call the Library at 206-386-4636 or Ask a Librarian.

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Brown Bear celebrates 58th anniversary with free car washes tomorrow

August 26th, 2015 by Sara

For the past nine years, this family-owned business has offered free “Beary Clean” tunnel washes twice a year. Last year’s anniversary event generated 26,437 free washes, bringing the combined total of complimentary anniversary and free Veterans Day washes to over 225,000.

Adding to the fun, this Thursday only, one lucky customer will be selected to receive free car washes for a year: an annual membership to Brown Bear’s Unlimited Wash Club. Enter to win by taking a photo of your newly washed vehicle and posting it on Twitter (@brownbear) or Instagram (@brownbearcarwash) with the hashtag #FreeCarWashDay.

Founder Vic Odermat started Brown Bear in Seattle with one location at 15th Ave West in Seattle.  Brown Bear now owns and operates a total of 43 car washes throughout the Puget Sound area and Spokane. 

For locations and hours of Brown Bear’s automated “tunnel wash” locations in the Puget Sound area click here.

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Ballard Bridge lane closures on Saturday, Aug. 29

August 26th, 2015 by Sara

It’s clean-up time for the Ballard Bridge. The Graffiti Rangers plan to remove graffiti from the underside of the bridge on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 7:30 a.m. until no later than 3:30 p.m. Sidewalks will remain open, but the right-hand lanes, both southbound and northbound, will be closed to accommodate the equipment.

 

To reach this area, SDOT crews will provide their U-BIT (under bridge inspection unit) which is positioned on the deck of the bridge and has an arm that can bend around and under the bridge. There is a bucket at the end of the arm to carry a person to work or inspect the underside of the bridge.

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Make your own mini park!

August 26th, 2015 by Sara

PARK(ing) Day happens once a year, on the third Friday in September, and is an opportunity for Seattleites to temporarily turn on-street parking spaces into public places. This international event raises awareness about the importance of a walkable, livable, healthy city and helps people re-think how our streets can be used.There are just three days left to submit your applications for PARK(ing) Day 2015. Applications are due THIS FRIDAY, August 28th, so don’t delay!

PARK(ing) Day is the perfect time to make your dream mini-park a reality. On September 18th, groups from all around Seattle will be designing and installing temporary on-street pop-up parks to help generate a conversation about healthy, sustainable, and livable cities. What sort of park do you want to see in Seattle? Parks can be spaces for reflection, creativity, solace, and play. PARK(ing) Day 2014 was their biggest one yet with over 50 pop-up parks installed throughout Seattle, and they want this year to be even bigger!

To apply, first pick the parking space you’d like to use and then fill out the simple, FREE application available on SDOT’s website. Check out SDOT’s guidelines for easy-to-follow tips about planning your pop-up park. Be sure to get your applications turned in to david.burgesser@seattle.gov by this Friday, August 28.

For additional information about Seattle PARK(ing) Day, including application requirements, click here.

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“Crime, Camping & Consequences” panel discussion

August 13th, 2015 by Sara

The Fremont Chamber presents:

“Crime, Camping & Consequences” Panel Discussion, Wednesday, September 16th at 8am at Giddy Up Burger.

Join the Fremont Chamber along with Panel Members:
City Attorney Brendan Brophy,
Councilmember Mike O’Brien (not yet confirmed),
A representative from the Seattle Police, and
Sola Plumacher from Human Services, City of Seattle

The discussion will focus on tools  and resources for business to deal with the issues related to encampment and long term RV parking. Trash, parking as well as safety and business visibility for your customers.

“We all know that homelessness is a huge concern in the City of Seattle, this meeting will not focus on how to solve homelessness, but more it will help business owners, to access City resources to mitigate the effects on your environment from people who are camping in cars and RVs near your place of business.”

Cost: $5 Members (includes NSIA and FNC members), $10 Nonmembers

Location: Giddy Up Burger 4600 Leary Way NW 98103 Seattle WA

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Join Fremont Rotary

July 28th, 2015 by Sara

If you are considering becoming a Rotarian, and you enjoy meeting upbeat and creative people, give the Fremont Fun Club a try! They meet at Hales Brewery — yes, the world-famous micro-brewery — after work on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Why meet for breakfast when you can meet for beer?

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2015 Fremont Wiffle Ball Classic

July 17th, 2015 by Sara

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Saturday, August 29, 2015*
Playfield north of B.F. Day Elementary School
Linden Ave N & N 41st St

* Please note the change in date to before Labor Day.

BENEFICIARY: Fremont Chamber Community Grants Fund
SPONSOR: Fremont Chamber of Commerce

DETAILS: $250 per team*, with each team guaranteed two games. Teams are made up with a minimum of six players at a time and each player will receive a classic t-shirt. Additional team roster members can play for $20 each and they will also receive a t-shirt.

*Early registration ends July 20, cost for teams goes to $300 after July 20, and individual player cost goes to $25.

Bring a team/corporate banner to post on our outfield fences!

Team “Captain” Meeting is on Tuesday, August 25 — all teams must send a representative to that meeting. Rules to be reviewed and draw for team play order.

Three fields of play! Home run derby! Stadium announcers! Batter Walk- Up Music! The Universe Trophy! Refreshments! Rules? You bet.

SPONSORSHIPS:

We have added sponsorship opportunities in 2015, T-Shirt sponsor, Universe Sponsorship and Planetary Sponsors will help make this fun Fremont Chamber a fun event and raise money for the community grants fund. Contact Jessica

Our planning committee has met and we want to emphasize that this is a FUN tournament.  Those that take it too seriously or don’t laugh enough shall be penalized!  Also, we have revised the rules to address a couple of areas:

1.  If the game is tied after 5 innings, one extra inning will be played.  If the score is still tied, a hit off will ensue.

2.  Reasonable speed for Pitching.  You should always pitch commensurate to the batter’s capabilities.  Violators will be promptly penalized. 

See the copy of the 2015 rules for all the details….

Official Fremont 2015 Wiffleball Championship Rules

Register

Early registration is $250 per team of 6, with a $20 fee for additional players. Early registration ends on July 20, 2015. Registration will be $300 per team there after with a $25 additional player fee. All teams must register by August 25th. Register by August 14 to be guaranteed each player receives a T-shirt. 


Roster for Game Play:

Will be posted at least one week before the event.
 

INFO:

James Wagner 253.439.9483 or jamesrwagnerjr@gmail.com
Jessica Vets, 206.632.1500 or director@fremont.com
Frank Costa 206.675.7371 or fcosta@adobe.com

*Note that you can add teammates to an existing, registered team up to August 28

Note: you can register a team with just your contact information or with up to 10 teammates in one registration. Teams over 10 people will need to have additional players sign up on thier own. Teams that are forming can sign up with only one person listed and add teammates up to August 14, 2015

All teammates must be registered by August 14 (to guarantee a T-Shirt) Any sign ups after August 14 will be included in play but will not be guaranteed to recieve a T-shirt nor, be guaranteed in any program or other printed material. 

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CSA cooking class at the Book Larder

July 17th, 2015 by Sara

Do you love the idea of a getting a CSA box, but feel overwhelmed by what to do with unfamiliar vegetables? Do you admire unusual ingredients at the farmer’s market, but walk away because you aren’t sure how to cook them? Are you curious about how a chef decides what to do with abundant seasonal produce?

Join Chef Kyle as he cooks from an Oxbow Farm CSA box. Each week he’ll make up a menu based on what’s in the box, with a few easy to get additions to complete the meal. Book Larder is a Friday pickup location for Oxbow Farm’s Oxbox program. So you can register for their program, sign up for a class, pick up your box, and go home armed with ideas of what to do with all that lovely produce.

The class is limited to 10 students and includes 2 course lunch and light dessert. Class reservations are non-refundable.

RSVP here.

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Don’t miss The Ugly Duckling at the Palladium this weekend

May 14th, 2015 by Sara

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StoryBook Theater will perform a family-friendly version of The Ugly Duckling Saturday, May 16th at Hale’s Ales Palladium with two shows at 3pm and 5pm. The show won a national unpublished playwriting contest sponsored by the AATE and a snippet of it was performed at the Kennedy Center in July of 2006:
Life isn’t quite what it’s quacked up to be for an unfortunate, young duckling. Bullied by family and friends for looking different, this unlucky, but plucky ducky decides to leave home for something better. On his own, this poor little bird’s goose seems to be cooked…or is it?
Ugly Duckling is recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets are $11 and available here, group discounts are available over the phone. Hale’s Ales Palladium is at 4301 Leary Way NW, Seattle.

Since 1998, StoryBook Theater has introduced young children in the Puget Sound area to live theater with original, interactive musicals written especially for 3-10 year olds and their families. StoryBook Theater shows are hilarious, 55-minute musicals filled with music, laughter, whimsical costumes and quirky characters, guaranteed to delight the entire family.

 

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Want to be our new editor?

May 13th, 2015 by Sara

We need a new editor! Cara is sailing the high seas.

Are you a writer? Do you live in and love Fremont? This is a paid job!

Please send your resume and a brief note to tips@magnoliavoice.com.

 

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Craving more Creativity? Artist’s Way Classes Now Enrolling

April 27th, 2015 by Cara

The Seattle Artists Way Center is currently enrolling for Spring/Summer classes. Two sections are available:

Fridays: May 8 – July 31st – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mondays, May 4 – July 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron is an international bestseller on the subject of creativity. Whether you identify as an artist or not, this book and class can be an incredibly useful resource to tap into your creative side which can benefit many areas of your life. The 2 hour a week 12 week long class will take students through the 12 chapters with an emphasis on the accompanying chapter exercises and additional creativity exercises and strategies (i.e. meditation tools). This material can work with anyone, no matter how dormant or energized their creative life may be, and can enhance their ability to be more fully and genuinely themselves.

Classes will take place at the Windows Art Gallery (4131 Woodland Park Ave. N)
Find out more: http://www.seattleartistswaycenter.com

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It’s a bird, It’s a plane, It’s a book that makes bedtime cool!

April 25th, 2015 by Cara

Local Phinney Ridge author Sara Crow struggled to get her three sons to take off their superhero costumes for bedtime. Considering this a problem many parents may relate to, it became the perfect inspiration for a children’s book. Sara assured her kiddos that even superhero’s have to sleep, hoping that the sentiment would calm their energetic imaginations.

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Author Sara Crow lives in Phinney Ridge with her husband and three boys.

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep focuses on that very idea, that even after an eventful day of saving the world and escaping evil, we all must take a nightly break and rest ourselves for the next day of adventure. Rhyming prose featuring a pirate, a princess, and a superhero are paired with creative and colorful illustrations. The end result makes this book the perfect bedtime story for any boy or girl.

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep is currently available on Kickstarter. Crow plans to self publish the book with the help of the crowdfunding site.  “After writing the book and finding an established, published illustrator – I wanted to focus on getting the book into children’s hands not have it sit in a stack on a publishers desk” she stated.

To support Even Superheroes Have to Sleep please click here.

Contributed by Calla Ward

Even Superheroes Have To Sleep is now a Kickstarter project

Even Superheroes Have To Sleep is now a Kickstarter project

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