Today The Seattle Times featured Fremont’s Lenin statue on the front page as part of a local series entitled “Northwest Wanderings.” The large statue stands at the corner of N 36th St and Fremont Place N and is one Fremont’s most visited pieces of public art (the Troll takes home the prize). Check out photos and the full story “Lenin statue is loved, hated, — and very Fremont” by staff photographer Alan Berner.
April 13th, 2015 by Cara
April 12th, 2015 by Cara
The production has been created by the Manhatten Project under the direction of Andre Gregory:
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland and Stone Soup Theatre is delighted to present a bewildering and fascinating texture of his story; half adventure, half chop-logic and shrewd caricature. Everyone is familiar with Alice’s antic adventures – but here we have an interesting difference that will delight the young and the young at heart. An Alice for all ages.
Director, Gordon Coffey, leads a brilliant ensemble cast, including Sara Kaus, Stephanie Couch, Lillian Afful, Brittany Menzies, Vero Lecocq, Chad Oswald, and Edwin Adam Fisher.
Tickets are available for purchase online here or by phone at the Stone Soup Box Office at (206) 633-1883.
Ready to get backstage? Summerstage, Stone Soup Theater’s summer educational program is currently seeking paid summer interns. Learn more here.
April 12th, 2015 by Cara
FamilyWorks‘ annual literacy event Reading Rocks will take place on April 16th. The event is all about reading and literacy! Highlights include a special librarian visitor, fun literacy games and activities, and a book giveaway. Event attendees from wee infants to high schoolers will receive books.
Located in Wallingford, FamilyWorks is a combination of a food bank and a family resource center. The organization’s mission is to offer “a unique opportunity to truly nourish and strengthen their bodies, minds and spirit in a positive, supportive environment.”
FamilyWorks counts on volunteers and participants to help make this event ROCK! Here’s how you can help:
Donate books. FamilyWorks accepts children’s books year-round, but we would love to have lots of books to give away for Reading Rocks! We’ll gladly accept new or gently used books. We would especially love children’s books in Spanish. You can drop off books Mondays 9:30-12, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 9:30-5, and Fridays 9:30-3.
Volunteer. If you are a reading lover and excited to get to know your community, we need help between 1:30 & 5 on Thursday April 16. Volunteers will help facilitate the activities and chat with people at Reading Rocks. All activities and materials will be provided, but if you have a great idea for an easy, affordable activity that you’re excited to facilitate, let us know & we’ll try to make it work. Contact Elizabeth at email@example.com to volunteer with Reading Rocks.
Attend. If you are looking for something to do during Seattle Public School’s spring break with your child, come join us at 1501 N 45th St on Thursday April 16 from 2:30 to 4:30.
Call 206-694-6727 with any questions. Thanks for helping FamilyWorks help spread the joy of reading!
You can also help by sharing this event with other book lovers and readers!
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April 8th, 2015 by Cara
In its final week, Moisture Festival continues the revelry with a dozen shows between now and Sunday April 12th. Nine of these shows, including the Closing Night Variete are at Hale’s Palladium. You can find the full calendar here and tickets are available here.
Wait, what is the Moisture Festival?
The Moisture Festival is the world’s largest Comedy/Varietè festival, running for four weeks every spring in Seattle.
The Moisture Festival’s mission is to enrich the community by presenting an affordable annual festival showcasing the art of live comedy/ variete performance.
Produced by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Moisture Festival is sponsored by a variety of organizations including numerous Fremont-based sponsors. Read more about how the festival came to be here.
The Moisture Festival presents our 12th year of high energy comedy/varietè shows featuring a rapid succession of acts showcasing comedy alongside awe-inspiring physical and mental dexterity, with poignant moments of strength and delicate beauty to make audiences laugh, wonder, shake their heads in disbelief and truly appreciate how live entertainment can exhilarate and bring real joy. A live show band propels each performance.
Tonight, two shows take the stage at Hale’s Palladium and Teatro Zinzanni, need to spice up your Hump Day? Here’s one way!
4301 Leary Way NW (in back behind the brewery)
This show’s artists include: Aileen Wilkie, Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra, Gentile5, Iman Lizarazu, Jason Mejias, Niels Duinker, Pamela Donohoo, Patrick McGuire, Rick Ruskin, Simon Neale
The MC: Simon Neale
Show Band: Fremont Philharmonic Orchestra
Varietè has its roots in the Music Halls of 19th century England, cabaret in Europe and vaudeville in America. Because of the talented artists currently working in this genre, it is still fresh, exciting and tremendous fun for the audience.
MishMash Circus Bash 7:30pm
222 Mercer St
Birds of a feather love to flock together. The clowns are at it again. Following last year’s sold out collaboration, an all-new *MishMash Circus Bash* will play for two nights in 2015 (April 7 and 8) under Teatro ZinZanni’s famous spiegeltent, the Moulin Rouge! This event is co-presented by Moisture Festival and Teatro ZinZanni and features all-star talent from both organizations.
Don’t miss out on Moisture this year! Tickets here.
You can also check out Fremocentrist.com’s “Get Moisture for Trolloween” coverage of the Moisture Festival show benefitting Trolloween 2015.
April 8th, 2015 by Cara
A public meeting will be held at 6pm tonight to discuss the proposed Neighborhood Conservation District program. The meeting will be held at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave N.
From our sister site Phinneywood:
Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen is holding a series of Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) public meetings to gather input about establishing a program. “NCDs can be best described as a hybrid between Seattle’s Landmark Review Districts and our Design Review Program where unique neighborhoods can help set architectural style, square footage requirements, or other design elements.”
Also from the Seattle City Council website:
A neighborhood conservation district is an area with clear and consistent character defined by geographical boundaries. Typically a neighborhood conservation district board is established that includes neighborhood representatives and design professionals to make recommendations and decisions consistent with the authorities delegated to it by the city’s elected officials. The districts are established with the specific intention of conserving the neighborhood character of the designated districts, and would be individually established by a vote of the Seattle City Council.A conservation district would provide guidelines, support and potential incentives for the conservation of important neighborhood buildings and design characteristics, but would not be as prescriptive as the landmark and special review districts that the city currently uses.
Learn more about
Neighborhood Conservation Districts
April 6th, 2015 by Cara
Tonight from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm the Fremont Branch Library will host “An Evening of Poetry.” Three local poets, Michael Schmeltzer, Jennifer Bullis & Dennis Caswell, will read from their work and discuss poetry with the audience. Click on the poet’s image below to visit their website.
April 3rd, 2015 by Cara
You and your little one are invited to join us for a morning of chocolate and imagination. We will explore the art of chocolate through hands-on activities, a cozy story time, and chocolate treats. Let us introduce you to the story of Molly and the Chocolate Tree, written by one of our very own Theo Chocolate tour guides. Join us for an hour of chocolate delight. Recommended for ages 4-7. An adult chaperone is required to accompany young guests. We suggest wearing clothes you won’t mind getting a little messy! Please RSVP HERE.
Can’t make it tomorrow? More stories will be told again on May 5th, details here.
Don’t forget some Theo chocolate for Easter festivities!
At the Woodland Park Zoo
From 9:30 am- 3:00 pm, free with zoo admission/membership
Egg Hunts and Family Activities
Throughout the day, families can enjoy amazing egg hunts for children ages 1-8, crafts, bunny encounters and other eggs-citing zoo programs. Each egg hunt is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Space may be limited.
Egg hunts for ages 3-5 and 6-8 in the North Meadow: 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Egg hunts for ages 3 and under are held in the Picnic Shelter near the North Meadow: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
As part of the zoo’s conservation mission, families must bring their own egg hunt basket or reusable bag. For the health and well-being of the zoo’s animals, candy will not be placed inside the eggs—egg hunt participants will receive their treats as they exit the zoo.
Easter Enrichment for the Animals
Meerkats, gorillas, otters and more nibble on specially made Easter baskets lined with flowers, berries and other favorite treats. The special treats are part of the zoo’s excellent animal care program to help enrich the lives of the zoo’s animals, promote natural animal behavior, keep animals mentally stimulated and engage zoo visitors.
Find the complete Easter Enrichment schedule here.
April 3rd, 2015 by Cara
Hopscotch, the annual Spring beer and scotch tasting festivals begins the sipping festivities this evening.
Inside Fremont Studios beers from over 30 breweries will be available for guests to sample along with a pop-up sports bar (television tuned into March Madness). At the other end of the building Scotch and regional whiskies are available in tasting flights. A selection of wine and cocktails are also available. Along with admission guests receive 7 tasting tokens, 1 spirit flight, and a 5oz commemorative glass.
The event runs until midnight Friday and Saturday. Hopscotch benefits the Fremont Chamber of Commerce’s community grant programs including BF Day, Fremont Abbey, and the History House.
Tickets are still available online.
March 28th, 2015 by Cara
On Monday March 16th the Fremont Siphon Replacement Project began with the demolition of the former Praxair building at NW 36th Ave and 2nd Ave NW. The extensive project is expected to take two years and Fremonsters can expect to see several phases of construction and closures. King County is overseeing the replacement of the Fremont Siphon, a major sewer pipe that runs under the Ship Canal between Fremont and Queen Anne, and hosted a series of public meeting and open houses in the lead up to the project.
During a community meeting at the Fremont Library on March 2nd, the King County team presented an overview of the project including construction timelines, closures, detours, and what community members could expect during construction. Several residents of Canal Street expressed concerns as the west end of NW Canal Street and 2nd Ave NW will be closed during a duration of construction. A portion of parking along NW Canal Street will be temporarily eliminated to provide two way access and a turn around. Community planners addressed these concerns and noted residents’ feedback.
What does the Fremont Siphon do?
The Fremont Siphon has provided safe, reliable sewer service to north Seattle and other cities in north King County for decades. Sewage and stormwater from more than 100 square miles of pass through the Fremont Siphon every year to be cleaned and safely discharged at the County’s treatment plant in Magnolia. During storms, the pipe carries up to 220 million gallons per day, making it one of the most heavily used pipes in the regional sewer system.
The existing Siphon is nearly 100 years old and has reached the end of its of service life. The new pipes will ensure north Seattle and northern King County continue to enjoy safe, reliable sewer service for decades.
Here are some of the biggest impacts for Fremonsters:
- Work hours are Monday- Friday from 7 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm as necessary.
- There will be increased activity and noise throughout the duration of the project.
- A long-term Burke-Gilman Trail detour will come into effect after the project begins. This detour will be paved and take cyclists and pedestrians slightly closer to the Canal for approximately the distance of a block before rejoining the trail.
- As the contractor prepares to install the new pipe 2nd Ave NW will be closed for a time.
- The west end of NW Canal Street will be closed at the same time as 2nd Ave NW and remain closed during the next phase when crews connect the siphon.
A new odor control facility will be constructed on the site of the former Praxair building. The surrounding space will be restored with vegetation and given a “park-like” feel. Beginning in 2013 King County planners work with the Fremont community to design a facility with community input. For more in-depth details about the final design visit this page.
King County will continue to engage the community for the duration of the Fremont Siphon Project. A 24-hour project information line is available for questions or concerns at (206) 205-5428. Updates will be made available at www.kingcounty.gov/fremontsiphon and the project team can be reached there as well.
March 28th, 2015 by Cara
Brouwer’s celebrates its 10th anniversary today the same way it has celebrated barleywine, hops, weekdays, and new releases for the past decade: lots of beer! This includes two specially brewed anniversary beers made in collaboration with New Belgium of Colorado and Reuben’s Brews, located in Ballard. Brouwer’s blog describes the two brews:
In honor of this 10-year milestone we have two very special beers to share with you. New Belgium was kind enough to open up their “wood forest” and allow us to blend a sour beer. We had a great time hanging out with Eric Salazar, on a sunny December day in Fort Collins, where we tasted close to 20 different fouders. We came up with a 50/50 fouder blend we think everyone will enjoy, but this is a draft only offering.The second beer was brewed at one of our favorite Seattle Breweries, Reuben’s Brews. Adam, Mike and Thor were great hosts and allowed us to sit in on the brew, on a sunny Monday in early March. This IIPA, appropriately named Gobsmacked (a British slang term for astonished) is a blend of Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy Hops, and it will have your lips smacking.
The numerous taps will also be filled with other anniversary beers from the cellar. Brouwer’s is open from 11 am until 2 am every day and located at 400 N 35th Street.
March 27th, 2015 by Cara
There will be closures on the Fremont Bridge and SR 99 over the weekend. Read on for specific times and locations:
The Fremont Bridge will be closed Friday night to enable painters to access the area underneath and behind the counter-weight for the bridge’s southern span. The southern span will be raised and kept upright, except at 1:20AM and 2:20AM, when pedestrians and bicyclists will be allowed to cross.
Highway construction and a regular inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will close portions of SR 99 through Seattle during the weekend of March 27-29. Lane closures along both directions of SR 99 begin at 7 p.m. Friday, March 27. By 10 p.m., SR 99 will be closed between the south end of the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street until 5 a.m. Monday, March 30.
SR 99 closure details
7 p.m. Friday, March 27, until 5 a.m. Monday, March 30
- Seattle Public Utilities crews will close two northbound lanes and one southbound lane of SR 99 between Ward Street and Highland Drive from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
- WSDOT and SDOT contractor crews will close SR 99 between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday.
6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29
- WSDOT bridge inspection crews will conduct a scheduled inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct between Spokane Street and the Battery Street Tunnel.
March 27th, 2015 by Cara
Seattle Audubon is currently recruiting community volunteers for the spring Finding Urban Nature (FUN) program for 3rd and 4th graders. There are two remaining training sessions for volunteers on March 28th and 30th. Contact David at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
FUN introduces 3rd and 4th grade students to the interconnections between producers, consumers, and decomposers in the schoolyard habitat. Volunteers lead small groups of students through hands-on outdoor lessons. Four lessons in the spring and four more in the fall give students a chance to fully explore the schoolyard habitat, proving that nature is around us no matter where we live, work, and play. We serve 12 Seattle Public Schools located throughout Seattle, including BF Day in Fremont!
-The FUN program relies upon 120 volunteers each school year. We currently still need almost 50 volunteers to meet our needs for the spring 2015 program!
-Volunteers devote about two hours a week for four weeks in the spring and/or fall.
-Volunteers lead a group of 4-6 students through each lesson with the support of the school’s FUN Team Leader and classroom teachers.
–No previous teaching or science background is required – and volunteers often report that they have as much fun and learn just as much as the students do!
-Apply as soon as possible to be a part of spring FUN starting in April!
March 25th, 2015 by Cara
With the recent mild weather, Fremont Brewing has welcomed sun and beer-seeking crowds even earlier than normal. After the tasting room expansion last fall, there is more room to sit and sip, Fremont fans are definitely taking advantage.
Today, Fremont Brewing hosts the release of it’s Summer Ale with tasting room festivities at the Urban Beer Garden and a special Randall menu. Here are all the details from the Brew Crew:
Summer AleDescription: We invented the Cotton Gin, The Muppets, and toured with Hall & Oates before starting to make beer. Fremont Summer Ale is tangerine flower in a glass — endless days distilled into sweet nectar of barley and hops. Four hundred and twenty reasons to enjoy this beer. Summer Ale is our answer to bigger is better. One grain, one hop. Simplicity…yet so much more. “Beer has food value, but food has no beer value.”—VWPDown & Dirty: 2-Row Pale malt and Amarillo hopsABV: 5.2%IBU: 45Color: Straw yellowAroma: Tangerine, spice, floralFlavor: Citrus, dank, juicyAvailability: April 1-Sept 30
March 20th, 2015 by Cara
Ballard’s first recreational marijuana store the Herb House began selling recreational marijuana last month on NW 65th. Here is the full story from our sister site My Ballard:
The first recreational 502 marijuana store is about to open in our neighborhood in the current location of medical marijuana establishment Herbs House (716 NW 65th).
Herbs House has been in operation as a Medical Marijuana Collective since September 2013 and is now making the move into the recreational market.
“As a lady entrepreneur I’m thrilled to create an environment where even my mother can feel comfortable accessing cannabis. I’m grateful for my position in our community and I look forward to giving back,” says owner Sharon Jacobson.
Herbs House is set to offer high quality recreational products including a wide variety of organics, paraphernalia and locally crafted glass pipes.
The Herbs House Café will continue to offer customers its well-known infused water and free coffee in a relaxed welcoming environment.
Looking towards the future, Jacobson is hoping to reopen the Medical Collective and café with its new recreational shop all in the same location.
The combination of the medicinal and recreational marijuana and café under the same roof is currently in the approval process with the Liquor Control Board. “In the meantime, Herbs House looks forward to serving Ballard with the finest recreational cannabis products the Northwest has to offer,” says Jacobson.
March 19th, 2015 by Cara
From our sister site Phinneywood:
United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services at 25 locations throughout King County, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., through April 18. The free service is for households making less than $60,000. While there, taxpayers also can get information on one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.
Tax preparation is provided from 5-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is needed. (If you are filing with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.)
You must bring:
- Social Security card/ITIN letters for everyone on the return
- Photo ID
- All tax statements, such as W-2 form, 1099 form, SSA-1099 form, etc.
It’s recommended you also bring your bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of refunds, and a copy of last year’s tax return.
March 17th, 2015 by Cara
Across Leary Way from the Way Station a former machine shop underwent substantial construction last year to accommodate retail or restaurant tenants. As of the beginning of this year, the two available spaces have been filled with new restaurants.
Tray Kitchen moved in last fall and it’s future neighbor the Frellard Pizza Company, Ethan Stowell’s latest project, is due to arrive later this year. Read more about Tray Kitchen here on Fremont Universe.
Facing south, two large garage doors open into the future pizzeria. Lately, the building and parking lot are filled with the hustle and bustle of creating the ideal space. The Frellard Pizza Company is the latest venture of Ethan Stowell Restaurants, run by Ethan and his wife Angela already has an impressive roster of restaurants. With 10 restaurants around Seattle, Ethan Stowell Restaurant’s offers a variety of cuisine in some of Seattle’s most popular neighborhoods.
A resident of Phinney Ridge, Ethan’s upcoming addition keeps things closer to home and builds on the success of the Ballard Pizza Company, Ethan’s original “casual pizza joint.” Frellard Pizza Company will follow the same model as Ballard yet also compliment the busy Ballard Ave spot with expanded delivery service and plenty of space for groups and children.
Opened in 2012 Ballard Pizza Co. stays busy serving slices, salads, and pints. So busy in fact, it became difficult to keep up with delivery service and currently only available in Ballard. Frellard Pizza Co will take over all delivery service and allow pies to travel far and wide. Well, at least west of Aurora and south of NW 85th Street. This covers the neighborhoods of Sunset Hill, Ballard, parts of Greenwood, Phinney Ridge, and Fremont. After Frellard Pizza Co. takes over delivery service whole pies can still be picked up at the Ballard location but all delivery will be based in Frellard.
As with Ballard Pizza Company, Ethan aims to reflect the surrounding community with Frellard Pizza Company. While it will be very similar to the Ballard location it also offers something all it’s own to that “almost-Fremont” area.
The goal? A neighborhood pizza joint that connects with those in the actual neighborhood. This also includes families like Ethan’s with young children. From his personal experience quick counter service is crucial with a two-year old. It’s best “to get the food in front of them right away” he says. Meanwhile, adults can enjoy a beer and spend time with their family.
In some ways Frellard Pizza Co steps out even further into the neighborhood than Ballard with plans for an outside beer garden including a deck and fire pits. According to Ethan there will be a kids area and plenty of space for groups of all ages. The beer list will focus on nearby breweries in the Ballard/Frellard/Fremont area. Ethan is not trying to be “cutting edge” with the new pizza joint but rather “provide a good product in a cool environment.”
In the lead up to opening, Frellard Pizza Co. will be hiring for various positions. Interested applicants can drop resumes off ahead of time at the Ballard Pizza Co.
Ethan is “stoked” to be joining the growing Frellard area and if all goes according to plan expects Frellard Pizza Company to open in the month of June. A family and pizza fan himself he will “definitely be there” with his family and making a beeline for those “fat slices.”