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Open Invite to the Fremont Neighborhood Council’s Annual Meeting

April 22nd, 2015 by Cara


The Fremont Neighborhood Council invites Fremonsters to the organization’s Annual General Meeting on Monday April 27th from 7-8:30pm at Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St. The FNC is a chartered organization that promotes the interests of Fremont residents. Find more news from the FNC here.


Please join us for our Annual General Meeting April 18!

Our special guest is Scott Kubly, Director of the Seattle Department of Transportation.  Scott is former deputy commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Transportation and former associate director of the District of Columbia Department of Transportation.  He came on as Director of SDOT in July of 2014.  Hear Scott’s vision for Seattle’s transportation future and bring your Fremont-related transportation questions to our meeting.  More info about Scott can be found here.


Monday, May 18, 2014, 7pm, Doric Temple, 619 N. 36th St.

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Fremont Neighborhood Council!

You can now renew your membership online It’s quick and easy, please take a moment and show your support for your neighborhood!

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Editor’s Note:

Hello Fremonsters! You may have noticed that Fremont Universe is making an effort to feature more stories about neighborhood development. Fremont is growing and changing along with the greater Seattle area and we are all a part of this transition!

It is overwhelming and often confusing to follow changes in the neighborhood such as new construction, city regulations, and neighborhood meetings. Our aim is to help keep you all informed about these changes and opportunities to participate and engage.

Fremont has long stood out for residents’ activism and participation. You can see the results of these efforts each June during Solstice, every time you past Lenin, the Rocket, the Troll, and more. If you are not familiar with organizations such as the Fremont Neighborhood Council I encourage you to learn more, keep an eye on neighborhood news posted here, and come be part of Fremont’s transition.

Thanks for reading!

– Cara

Editor, Fremont Universe

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Can it go “Up” from here?

April 20th, 2015 by Cara

Have you heard up “Up“? The popular Pixar movie has had played an unexpected role in Seattle’s recent development. Many parallels have been drawn between the circumnstances of the movie’s central character Carl and long time Seattle resident Edith Macefield.

Just before the Ballard Bridge  Edith lived in a home built circa 1900. She caused quite a stir when she said “no” to the group behind the Ballard Blocks commercial development, including an offer of $1 million for her house and property.


Edith remained in her home up until her death in 2008. Ballard Blocks was completed shortly after, the tall dark structure surrounding Edith’s house on three sides. The Ballard Blocks is now home to Trader Joes, 24 Hour Fitness, Ballard Bridge Cafe, and most recently a Ross Dress for Less.

Edith’s choice is often credited as a desire to stay in her home rather than demonstrate against development. Regardless of her intentions, Edith’s home has become an important symbol for protecting historic homes and the encroachment of development. Colorful balloons have been placed along the fence line honoring the “Up” House.

The house came up for sale this month on the open market following foreclosure, failed plans for renovating the home, and no buyer from an auction in March. Paul Thomas, the “No B.S. Broker” is overseeing the sale. All offers must include a proposal for how the interested party will memorialize Edith Macefield.

Offers will be accepted until 5pm today.


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Solstice Music Festival Line Up Announced

April 18th, 2015 by Cara


Building on the success of the inaugural Solstice Music Festival last year, organizers recently announced the 2015 lineup featuring a heavily local lineup.

The Fremont Fair features two stages; The Redhook Main Stage & Reyka Vodka Waterfront Stage. All shows on the Waterfront Stage are free and programming is done by Fremont’s Nectar Lounge.

The Redhook Main Stage hosts the Solstice Music Festival with hip hop group Deltron 3030 and two-time Grammy-nominated Presidents of the United States of America headlining on Friday and Saturday evenings respectively.

Tickets are available now.

Here is the full line up for the Redhook Main Stage:

FRIDAY JUNE 19, 2015:

  • Ayo Dot & the Uppercuts
  • Ra Scion
  • Headliner: Deltron 3030


  • Fox and the Law
  • Ayron Jones and the Way
  • Headliner: Presidents of the United States of America

Don’t miss the Solstice Parade at 3pm

Let the countdown begin!



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Fremont Bridge Bike Count Breaking Records in 2015

April 16th, 2015 by Cara

A recent Seattle Bike Blog story reported the Fremont Bridge Bike Counter has tallied a record number of bikes crossing the bridge thus far in 2015. The months of January, February, and March have seen an increase from 2013 and 2014 when the data began to be collected. Click on the image below for the full story:

Graphic from Seattle Bike Blog. Click for story.

Graphic from Seattle Bike Blog. Click for story.

Fremont Universe previously featured the Fremont Bridge Bike Counter in “Some Fun Fremont Bridge Facts”:

The Bicycle Counter is Seattle’s first bicycle counter and came to be through the efforts of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and the Cascade Bicycle Club. It is located on the Northwest side of the bridge and greets cyclist and pedestrians alike with the count of how many bicycles have cross the bridge for the current day and over the current year. Bonus: The data collected by the bike counter is presented with Tableau software, a Fremont-based tech company!

A rare moment after bike #1 for the day crosses the bridge. Photo by: Andrew Pope

A rare moment after bike #1 for the day crosses the bridge. Photo by: Andrew Pope

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The High Dive Hits Double Digits

April 16th, 2015 by Cara

High Dive is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary every Friday and Saturday this month. Haven’t joined in the fun yet? It’s not too late! Here are the 4 remaining showcases and 10 reasons to celebrate the High Dive.

Happy Anniversary High Dive!
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Why we’re celebrating the High Dive:

1. They are a live music venue in Fremont!

2. Music 7 days a week almost all year round? We’ll take it!

3.  That lovely lady taking the leap…

From Fremont Universe's Instagram

From Fremont Universe’s Instagram

4. Foster the People played there in 2011, admission was $10. Foster the People performed at Bumbershoot last year and day tickets went for $55.

5. Hungry? They serve food from their neighbor Red Star Taco Bar 

6. High Dive was one of 5 venues to debut the “Musicians Priority” loading zone one year ago.

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7. They have a bar. Always a plus.

8. Following the closure of the White Rabbit, the High Dive became the new home of Marmalade’s 10 + years of jamming out with a Funk/Groove/Soul show every Thursday at 8pm. You can go tonight.

9. They like, actually Tweet. Fremont Universe is still trying to figure that out so props to the High Dive Twitter.

10. With a punchcard that gives you 10 shows for $20 High Dive offers one of the best deals in town for 10 rad live music experiences.

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Reiki Healing Circle Every 2nd Tuesday

April 14th, 2015 by Cara

Reiki, a Japanese practice for stress reduction and relaxation, is practiced by “laying on hands” and used in alternative medicine. The Fremont Integrative Health Center offers opportunities to practice Reiki along with other treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and integrative health care.

Tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm is the monthly Reiki Healing Circle held at Fremont Integrative Health Center on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3601 Fremont Ave N.  Ste. 412

Reduce tension and expand awareness. Bring balance and harmony to body
and mind. Experience more of what the healing modality of Reiki is all
about. Give and receive 15-20 minute sessions to soothing and tranquil
music. Open to beginners as well as Reiki students and practitioners
looking to further their practice. Massage tables provided. Facilitated
by Eileen Dey, M.A., LMHC, Director/founder of $10


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Allen Stone Continues His “Evolution” at Nectar Lounge Tonight

April 14th, 2015 by Cara

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In the 2nd of five shows recreating Allen Stone’s “Evolution of an Artist” in Seattle’s music scene, the Soul and R&B artist will perform at Nectar Lounge this evening. Doors open at 7:30 pm and the show begins at 8:30 pm. Manatee Commune will also perform. KUOW recently interviewed Grant Eadie, the local electronic artist known as Manatee Commune on Weekend Edition.

Greenlight Media and Marketing is producing the “Evolution of an Artist” digital content series:

The unique “Evolution of an Artist” series will recreate Allen’s rise as a live performer in Seattle’s music scene. Starting with one of the first venues Allen ever played back in 2008, the (300 capacity) Triple Door on April 13th, to headlining the majestic Paramount Theatre on April 18th (2,807 capacity). Other venues he will play during the week include Nectar Lounge (4/14), The Crocodile (4/16), and Neumos (4/17). All shows will feature up and coming local Seattle bands as support.

Allen recalls, “When I moved from Chewelah WA to Seattle WA I was terrified. I was a tiny fish in a gigantic pond, a pond with an extremely rich history of powerful music. However, what I found was a very supportive community of music lovers and players that put me on their back and helped make my dream a reality. I am most comfortable performing my songs in Seattle so revealing my new songs and recounting the evolution of my musical experience there is going to be mad fun!”


“The ‘Evolution of an Artist’ program is a reflection of an artist’s journey to success,” said Dominic Sandifer, president of GreenLight Media & Marketing. “Everyone, whether an artist or not, began their careers somewhere – and this series encourages the fans and artists to retrace their footsteps while moving on towards the next chapter. Allen is the perfect representation of the series.”

Tickets are still available at time of post.

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Seattle Times Profiles Lenin

April 13th, 2015 by Cara


Fremont Universe Image

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.

What do you think Fremont?

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 2015-04-13 21:19:36
End date 2015-06-19 21:19:42
Poll Results:
Do you love, hate, or feel indifferent about the Lenin statue?

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Alice Takes the Stage at Stone Soup Theatre

April 12th, 2015 by Cara

Alice in Wonderland  opened this past weekend at the Stone Soup Theater on Stone Way. The one-act play is for all-ages and runs Friday-Sunday evenings now through May 3rd.

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.


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Help Make “Reading Rocks” Rock!

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 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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More Moisture

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.

Rhys Thomas Photo: John Cornicello

Rhys Thomas
Photo: John Cornicello

Tonight, two shows take the stage at Hale’s Palladium and Teatro Zinzanni, need to spice up your Hump Day? Here’s one way!

Comedy/Variete 7:30pm
Hale’s Palladium
4301 Leary Way NW (in back behind the brewery)

This show’s artists include: Aileen WilkieFremont Philharmonic OrchestraGentile5Iman LizarazuJason MejiasNiels DuinkerPamela DonohooPatrick McGuireRick RuskinSimon 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
Teatro ZinZanni
222 Mercer St

This show’s artists include: Amy GDuo VoltaGodfrey DanielsHacki GindaJen KramerMichael TrautmanTeatro ZinZanni ArtistsTom Noddy
The MC: Joel Salom
Show Band: Mish Mash Band

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’s “Get Moisture for Trolloween” coverage of the Moisture Festival show benefitting Trolloween 2015.

Aviatrix Photo: Michelle Bates

Photo: Michelle Bates

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Neighborhood Conservation District Meeting at PNA Tonight

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


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Poetry at the Fremont Library Tonight

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.

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Happy National Poetry Month!

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Fun for Little Ones this Saturday

April 3rd, 2015 by Cara

Woodland Park Zoo and Theo Chocolate host two events this Saturday April 4th that parents and kids will love!

Chocolate Story Time

At the Theo Factory
From 10:30-11:30am, $10

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!



Bunny Bounce

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.


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Hopscotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival Kicks Off Tonight

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.

Heading to Hop Scotch? Share your experience with Fremont Universe on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fremont Siphon Replacement Project Breaks Ground

March 28th, 2015 by Cara


The recently demolished building and future site of King County’s new odor control facility

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.

100 years old and ready for a facelift!

100 years old and ready for a facelift!

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 and the project team can be reached there as well.

The Fremont Siphon affects a significant portion of North Seattle and other cities in northern King County

The Fremont Siphon affects a significant portion of North Seattle and other cities in northern King County

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