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Seattle Audubon Seeking FUN Volunteers

March 27th, 2015 by Cara

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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 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!

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Fremont Brewing Signals the Start of Summer

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.

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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 Ale

Description: 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.”—VWP
Down & Dirty: 2-Row Pale malt and Amarillo hops
ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 45
Color: Straw yellow
Aroma: Tangerine, spice, floral
Flavor: Citrus, dank, juicy
Availability: April 1-Sept 30
The release party will be from 5-9pm this evening, UBG hours are 11am to 9pm everyday. 5 infusions will also be available:
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Have you seen the latest instillation outside Fremont Brewing? It’s not another feather friend but a temporary instillation entitled SHIFT. Created for the Seattle Design Festival, “SHIFT was created based on the theme Design in Motion and is a rhythmic portal for all wheels and walks of life to enjoy.” You can swing by the UBG to check it out or read more here.
Image from SHIFT

Image from SHIFT

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Ballard’s First Recreational Marijuana Store Now Open

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.


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Free Tax Prep Available at Phinney Neighborhood Center

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.

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Frellard Pizza Company Begins Construction on Leary

March 17th, 2015 by Cara


Frellard Pizza Company set to open at 4010 Leary Way

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. 


Looking across Leary Way at the open space for Frellard Pizza Company.

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.

From Ballard Pizza Company's Facebook page

Inside Ballard Pizza Company on Ballard Ave. Image from Ballard Pizza Company

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.

From Ballard Pizza Company's Facebook page

Pizza is available by the slice or full pie. Image from Ballard Pizza Company


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.”


Frellard Pizza Company will offer delivery in Fremont, Phinneywood, Sunset Hill, and Ballard. Image from Ballard Pizza Company

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Local Chiropractor Hosts Free Webinar on Natural Strategies for Coping

March 15th, 2015 by Cara

She Wellness, a Wallingford business offering chiropractic and wellness services is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday March 17, 2015 at 5:30pm. The webinar, entitled “5 Steps to Overcome Depression,” focuses on sharing natural strategies to help people cope with the challenges of depression. This includes strategies for tackling depression without pharmaceutical drugs.
“I actually see a large number of practice members who initially were suffering immensely from
depression. This usually was the result of a health condition that prevented them from living their ideal
life, but it began spiraling out of control and I feel so fortunate that they found our clinic. This is why I
am driven to share these 5 strategies because there are people we come across everyday who are living
in the shadows of this condition and no one would ever know,” says Dr. Jackson.
She Wellness is the practice of Dr. Mimi Jackson, DC and has been serving the Seattle community for almost 5 years. Dr. Mimi promotes a holistic approach to health incorporating chiropractic, counseling, and wellness services. For more information about this free event, and to register, please visit

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1 Month Until Tax Day

March 15th, 2015 by Cara

Taxes are due on April 15th, one month from today. The tax services and software advertisements are in full swing but there are also free resources to help complete your taxes including those provided by United Way of King County and AARP at Seattle Public Library locations.

Ongoing IRS budget cuts have resulted in harder to acquire forms, booklets, and assistance. A delay in refunds is also anticipated. Seattle’s KUOW covered the impact on IRS budget cuts, especially for low income and elderly tax payers today on the Morning Edition. Find the full story here.

Read more about the SPL program including locations and times in our previous post “Trouble With Taxes? The Seattle Public Library Can Help!”

Know of other free tax resources? Let us know at so we can share as Tax Day approaches.

Image from Financial Bondage

Image from Financial Bondage

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Lion Cubs Now on View & Fecal Fest at Woodland Park Zoo

March 14th, 2015 by Cara

Image from Woodland Park Zoo

Image from Woodland Park Zoo

Woodland Park Zoo’s 4-month old lion cubs join their parents in the zoo’s African Savanna zone on a daily schedule from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, weather permitting. The three male triplets, Tandie, Gandia, and Mandla were born last October and named in late January. Community members selected the name “Tandie” in an online poll and narrowed down the final selection of names for the other two cubs.

Find all the latest updates about the cubs on this Woodland Park Zoo blog. As the cubs enjoy the exhibit more the zoo encourages visitors to share their best cub pictures on Facebook or tag @woodlandparkzoo on Twitter and Instagram.

The lion cub named Gandia, meaning "clever"

The lion cub named Gandia, meaning “clever”

You can find more fuzzballs, tiny reptiles, and more on the Zoo Babies page.

It’s time for Fecal Fest!

The Zoo’s annual compost lottery is accepting admissions now through March 29th. Fecal Fest 2015 invites local gardeners to enter a raffle for “the most desired compost in Seattle.” The Woodland Park Zoo’s website covers all the details:

What is Fecal Fest?

Get your hands on the most desired compost in Seattle. Woodland Park Zoo’s Spring Fecal Fest is right around the corner. The annual event invites local gardeners to enter a bid to purchase the exotic, highly-coveted Zoo Doo and Bedspread that Dr. Doo, also known as the “Prince of Poo,” the “GM of BM” or the “Grand Poopah,” has been piling all season.

How do I enter the lottery?

Submissions are accepted online only starting March 9 – March 29, 2015. Return here for the official entry form and entry instructions on March 9, 2015. Fecal Fest is offered twice yearly, with the Spring Fecal Fest usually taking place in March.

What happens if I am selected?

Entries will be randomly selected according to supply and demand. Dr. Doo will contact the lucky drawn entries only. The lucky winners load the compost using shovels provided by the zoo. Pick up dates are April 11 – May 3, 2015.

Info: For more information, call the poop line at 206.625.POOP (7667).

You can find Fremont Universe’s coverage of Fecal Fest 2014 here.

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Pi Day at Pie on 3.14.15

March 14th, 2015 by Cara


This year the world and math lovers everywhere celebrate a special Pi Day. In 2015 we celebrate the first 5 digits of Pi (3.1415) rather than the (now) traditional first 3. Pi is the Greek letter “π” and “is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.”

The first known Pi Day celebration with fruit pies was at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988. In 2009 the U.S. House of Representatives recognized March 14th as National Pi Day. Since 1988 there have been a variety of Pi Day celebrations especially with pies of all kinds. Fremont’s Pie is no exception.

Fun Fact: The majority of the world follows a Date/Month system unlike the United States’ Month/Date system. Since there is no April 31st (31/4) they don’t get to celebrate Pi Day on their system.

Pie’s Facebook page has been filled with posts counting down the days to Pi Day and detailing the shop’s extensive preparations (a lot of people order pies apparently!).

Pie will open at 11am today until 9pm and reopen for Late Night service at 9:26pm until 2am. There is plenty of time to get your Pi pie.

The Pi Day Menu:

Savories: Chicken Pot Pie, English Meat, BBQ Pulled Pork, Channa Masala and Broccoli Cheddar.

Sweets: Dutch Apple, Peach Raspberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Blueberry, Key Lime and Lemon Raspberry Custard.

All stocked up on delicious Washington grown Apples for our Pi day extravaganza! In less than a week will be the biggest Pi day of the century 3.14.15 & we are WELL prepared this year! From Noon-3:14pm for 3.14 hours we will be selling ALL fruit pies for just $3.14! We will also have special Pi themed pies all day long. It’s going to be an ahhhmazing day!

Did you catch that? ALL fruit pies for $3.14 from Noon to 3:14 today. Don’t miscalculate when you head out for some pie.

Enjoy this Pi Day of the Century! #pidayofthecentury

P.S. This post came live on 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 am (the first 10 digits of Pi)


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Poor Man’s Whiskey Brings a Blend of Bluegrass and Rock to Nectar Tonight

March 13th, 2015 by Cara

Northern California band Poor Man’s Whiskey performs at the Nectar Lounge tonight at 9:30pm, doors open at 8pm. Wild Rabbit and Buzz Brump will also be performing for a full lineup of “Bluegrass/Stomp” to go with your TGIF beverage. Poor Man’s Whiskey has produced 6 studio albums and toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.


   Poor Man’s Whiskey is at the forefront of the exponentially growing Northern California Bluegrass/Rock scene. With a decade of performing under their belt, they have grown their fan base to an international level. PMW has performed packed shows across the country and at festivals such as the Byron Bay Bluesfest (one of Australia’s largest and most well-known festivals), US festivals such as Kate Wolf, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Phases of the Moon, and many others.
Poor Man’s Whiskey is known for their stellar repertoire of original material with American, bluegrass, rock, and folk influences. In addition to their original material, for special shows, they will perform a set of covers of entire albums such as “Dark Side of the Moonshine” or select tracks from a band such as “A Special Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band”. Their renditions of these songs and albums are uniquely their own, with a Nor Cal high octane hootenanny style added to every performance.

- Bio provided by Poor Man’s Whiskey Publicity

Tickets are still available, $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Click here to purchase tickets ahead of time. This is a 21+ show.

Event details are also available on Facebook. Doors open at 8pm. Nectar Lounge is located at 412 N 36th Street in Fremont.



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Threadcycle Encourages Recycling Clothes, Shoes, & Linens

March 13th, 2015 by Cara

Is it time for Spring Cleaning yet?! Keep Threadcycle in mind.

King County and Seattle Public Utilities have launched a partnership with the assistance of used clothing collectors to reduce the amount of clothes and linens reaching landfills. A staggering 95% of clothes, shoes, and linens thrown away instead could be reused or recycled.  The campaign to redirect these reusable or recyclable items, called Threadcycle, should help reduce the approximately 40,000 tons of clothes, shoes, and linens sent to landfills each year.

The Threadcycle campaign encourages people to donate, rather than throw away, common clothing and fabric items. The campaign also makes properly disposing of these items easier. Eight used clothing collectors in King County will accept all apparel and linens, including damaged items to reuse or recycle. Only items that are wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous materials cannot be accepted. The campaign seeks to educate about which items can be accepted for Threadcycle.


“People are accustomed to hearing that only ‘gently used’ items can be given to thrift stores and drop boxes – many don’t know that they can give damaged clothes and linens, or even single shoes and socks, which will either be reused, or recycled and used to make new products,” said Kris Beatty, program manager for King County Solid Waste Division.

“The good news is that recycling markets are strong for these post-consumer textiles, and many collectors in our area want more textiles,” Beatty said.

Campaign partners who accept clothes, shoes and linens in any condition except wet, mildewed, or contaminated with hazardous materials are: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Seattle Goodwill, Northwest Center, Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, SightConnection, TexGreen, USAgain, and Value Village.

Find the nearest location to donate your used clothes and linens here. To learn more about Threadcycle, what items can be given for reuse or recycling, and where or how to donate, visit

Click on the image for more information about reusing and recycling items.

Click on the image for more information about reusing and recycling items.

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43rd Legislative District Town Hall March 14th

March 12th, 2015 by Cara

On Saturday, March 14th 43rd District legislators will be hosting a town hall for constituents at Seattle Central College. House Speaker Frank Chopp, Sen. Jamie Pedersen and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw will be present to hear what’s on the mind of their constituents.

The town hall meeting will run from 1pm to 2:30pm at the Erickson Theater 1524 Harvard Avenue, at Seattle Central College. All constituents of the 43rd Legislative District are welcome to this free event.

The 43rd Legislative District includes Capitol Hill, University District, Madison Park, Broadmoor, Montlake, Wallingford, Eastlake, Greenlake and parts of Fremont, Ravenna, South Lake Union and downtown Seattle. The northern part of the district extends from U-District west to 8th Ave NW and north to NW 65th. Unsure if you are a constituent of the 43rd District? Visit Find Your Legislator to find out.

The legislators are currently engaged in the 2015 legislative session in Olympia which began in January and continues through late April.

Questions can be directed to any legislator’s office:

House Speaker Frank Chopp, 360.786.7920
Sen. Jamie Pedersen, 360.786.7628
Rep. Brady Walkinshaw, 360.786.7826

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Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation Seeking Volunteer Drivers

March 11th, 2015 by Cara

Senior Services is seeking volunteers to assist seniors by providing transportation to and from doctors appointments with a personal connection. Currently, the program cannot serve all seniors who need rides for medical care. Volunteers should have a reliable vehicle, a clean driving record, and some weekday availability. Senior Services shared how the service has impacted one senior’s life significantly:

87-year-old Geraldine Mensink does not know what she’d do without Volunteer Transportation.  When she decided it was time to give up her keys two years ago, the program saved her from feeling helpless and stuck.  She uses the service regularly to get to appointments and says, “I love all of the volunteer drivers!  They are wonderful.”

Since 1975, Senior Services’ Volunteer Transportation drivers have accumulated “miles and miles” of positive impact throughout King County.  Using their own vehicles, volunteers pick seniors up, take them to their doctors and drive them home again—offering valuable transportation with a personal touch.  Clients of the program often refer to them as their “heroes,” “guardian angels” or “life-savers.”  In a very tangible way, volunteer drivers make a difference in the lives of vulnerable members of our community.

Help more seniors like Geraldine get “on the road” to improved health and peace of mind!

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Interested volunteers should visit this page or contact the Volunteer Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator Hilary at (206) 748-7588 or

Learn more about Senior Services’ Volunteer Transporation on the program’s blog “Behind the Wheel” where you can find stories about both clients, drivers, and the experiences they share.

Know someone who would benefit from Senior Services’ Volunteer Transporation? Read how to request a ride.


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Fremont Arts Council Meeting Tonight

March 10th, 2015 by Cara

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The Fremont Arts Council Committee of the Whole (COW) meets tonight from 7-8:30pm at the Powerhouse at 3940 Fremont Ave N.
All member are welcome to attend. To learn more about Fremont Arts Council membership click here. The Fremont Arts Council organizes the annual Solstice Parade along with Troll-o-ween, Luminata, and more events.
The organization announced the 2015 Solstice Parade will take place on Saturday June 20th at 3pm. Individuals can get involved with the parade through the Fremont Arts Council as volunteer, ensemble, or general solstice enthusiast.

Planning an ensemble for the parade? Let us know! Fremont Universe is looking to shadow a group as they prepare for the Solstice Parade.

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Luring Incident in North Fremont

March 10th, 2015 by Cara

Fremont resident and mother Ruth alerted Fremont Universe that her daughter was involved in a luring incident late last week. KOMO news briefly covered the incident here.

Two men tried to lure her 13 year old daughter into their dark green Suburban last Thursday March 5th around 3pm on the premise of showing her their puppies. The girl was approached on the 4300 block of Palatine Ave North. Ruth says her daughter ”ran and got help from one of our neighbors who called the police.” The police did not find the luring suspects.

Ruth encourages the community to “Stay safe, be alert!”

The approximate of the luring incident on March 5th

The approximate of the luring incident on March 5th


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SR 99 Closes Tonight, Long Term Closure Postponed

March 9th, 2015 by Cara

Image from SDOT looking north on Aurora Ave N in August, 2014

Image from SDOT looking north on Aurora Ave N in August, 2014

WSDOT announced the long-term lane closures on SR 99/Aurora Avenue North slated to begin this Wednesday March 11th will be postponed. Northbound SR 99 will still completely close from 10pm tonight until 6am tomorrow between the Battery Street Tunnel and Valley Street. Tonight’s project allows contractor crews to straighten the curve in the highway near Mercer Street.

The postponed long term closures would have closed one lane going both directions for approximately two months followed by a single southbound lane closure for one month.

These closures were needed to install several large sign foundations for the SR 99 North Access project. While this work must occur, it will be rescheduled to a later date in an effort to minimize impacts to the traveling public. The public will be alerted in advance of any future lane closures.

WSDOT has not announced when the closures will be rescheduled or if the closure plans will be amended. Questions can be directed to or 1-888-AWV-LINE (298-5463) or visit


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